For the third year in a row, Petro Cohen has partnered with Kids’ Chance of New Jersey (KCNJ) to award a student with financial hardship a “Doctorate Degree” scholarship. The scholarship benefits young adults enduring financial burdens due to the loss or serious injury of a parent during a workplace accident. The 2016-17 scholarship recipient is Scott Kwiatek of South Amboy, NJ, currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts degree in Business at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
Kwiatek was just two months old when his father was tragically killed in a building explosion while working at a medical transportation company. Scott says, “There were many days that I had wished I had a Dad around to talk to, play ball with and be proud of me. My Mom and I struggled financially.”
For three consecutive years, the Kids’ Chance organization has matched the funds donated by Petro Cohen to help a child attend a four-year college. Petro Cohen has been a strong, active supporter of Kids’ Chance of America’s NJ state chapter since its inception in 2012. “Our hope is that this scholarship opportunity will help deserving young people pursue their educational dreams,” Frank Petro, Esq. said.
To be eligible for the 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 clicking here. All applications will be reviewed by an independent Kids’ Chance of NJ committee and announced by the organization’s Scholarship Committee.