$10,000 scholarship awarded to NJIT student for the fifth consecutive year

NORTHFIELD, NJ – July 18, 2018 – “In our firm’s 20-year history, we have handled thousands of workers’ compensation cases and, unfortunately, have encountered numerous tragedies when a young child loses a parent due to a workplace accident.  With that in mind, we are proud to support this important organization,” said managing partner Frank Petro, Esq., who heads the Workers’ Compensation Department at Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo.

Scott Kwiatek was just two months old when his father was tragically killed during a freak accident at work.  It was a life changing event, which left Scott’s mom struggling with finances. “I am very grateful for the generous scholarship that Petro Cohen Law Firm and the Kids’ Chance organization have provided to me and am looking forward to graduation,” Kwiatek sai

Although busy completing his studies and working to support school expenses, Scott has still found time to give back to Kids’ Chance of NJ by working and speaking at KCNJ events, actively fundraising, interviewing fellow scholarship recipients on video, and serving on the KCNJ Gala Committee. 

As an active member of the South Amboy community and a member of the volunteer First Aid Squad since he was 16 years old, Kwiatek has never been one to shy away from hard work or helping others. “Giving back is a value that has been instilled in me from a young age,” said Kwiatek. “Volunteering for KCNJ is my small way of showing my immense gratitude for all that the organization has done for me and my family.” Scott will be pursuing a job in accounting or marketing after graduation.

Representatives from Petro Cohen Law and Kids’ Chance of NJ will present his fifth scholarship award to Kwiatek at this year’s annual fundraiser gala taking place on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at the Hilton East Brunswick.  “We are very proud of Scott for his commitment and dedication in pursuing his degree while also working to support his studies. It is excited for us to watch as he finishes his last year of school and know he will be successful as he enters the workforce on a full-time basis,” said Petro.

In order to qualify for the KCNJ scholarship program, applicants must have a parent who has been fatally or catastrophically injured in a work-related accident, meet the criteria of the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act, and have a resulting financial need.  Interested applicants can download the Scholarship Application by visiting: PetroCohen.com/KCNJ  All applications will be reviewed by an independent Kids’ Chance of NJ committee and announced by the organization’s Scholarship Committee.

Kids’ Chance of New Jersey is a 501 (C) 3 organization formed in 2012. For more information on Kids’ Chance of NJ, e-mail sdepinto@kidschancenj.org

The Northfield law firm, Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo, P.A. handles workers’ compensation, personal injury litigation, and Social Security disability claims.  The firm routinely handles cases involving work-related injuries ranging from workplace accidents and joint wear and tear injuries, to other severe and fatal injuries at work.  For more information, contact Susan Petro at 888.675.7607.

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For more information, visit PetroCohen.com/KCNJ

With exceptional legal credentials and experience, Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo Attorneys at Law exclusively handles workers’ compensation, personal injury litigation, and Social Security disability claims.  Dedicated to providing the highest quality of legal service available, the attorneys and staff share a passion for winning and an uncompromised commitment to every client.  Recognized as a leading New Jersey law firm for workers’ compensation and personal injury, Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo handles cases throughout southern and central New Jersey.  For more information or an appointment at the Northfield, Cherry Hill, Hamilton, or Cape May, NJ offices, call 888.675.7607 or visit PetroCohen.com