NORTHFIELD, NJ – June 21, 2017 – For the fourth consecutive year, the law firm of Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo has teamed up with Kids’ Chance of New Jersey (KCNJ) to award a student with financial hardship a “Doctorate Degree” scholarship. The scholarship benefits young adults who have endured financial burdens due to the loss or serious injury of a parent during a workplace accident.  The 2017-18 scholarship recipient is once again Scott Kwiatek of South Amboy, NJ, currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts degree in Business at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

The law firm partnered with the Kids’ Chance organization in New Jersey since the chapter’s inception in 2012.  For the past four years, the Kids’ Chance organization has matched the funds donated by Petro Cohen to help a child attend a four-year college.

“With the vast majority of our firm’s business being workers’ compensation cases, we have seen our share of tragedies when young children lose a parent due to a workplace accident.  We were compelled to support this important organization and are delighted that this first four-year scholarship has been so well-received,” 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. “Without the help of the generous scholarship that Petro Cohen and Kids’ Chance provided to me, I would not have been able to afford a college degree at my dream school, NJIT,” Kwiatek said.

Attorneys Frank Petro and Susan Petro present Scott Kwiatek
with a $10,000 Scholarship Award at the 2016 Kids’ Chance of NJ Gala.
Photo by EpicShottz.com.

In addition to a busy school and work schedule, Scott has managed to find 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.  “I was brought up to pay it forward. 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 intends to pursue a job in accounting or marketing after graduation.

Representatives from Petro Cohen Law Firm and Kids’ Chance of NJ will present his fourth scholarship award to Kwiatek at this year’s annual fundraiser gala taking place on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at the Hilton East Brunswick.

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 visiting Petro Cohen’s website: https://petrocohen.com/community/  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, NJ based law firm of Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo, P.A. exclusively handles workers’ compensation, personal injury litigation, and Social Security disability claims, and has additional offices in Cherry Hill, Hamilton, and Cape May, NJ.  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 on Kids’ Chance of New Jersey, visit http://www.kidschancenj.org/

For a KCNJ Scholarship Application, click here: KCNJ 2017-2018 Scholarship Application

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