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Governor Shumlin Proclaims November 14-18 Kids' Chance Awareness Week

Photo: Governor Shumlin signs the Kids’ Chance Awareness Week proclamation with Heidi Groff (vice president of Kids’ Chance of Vermont), Keith Kasper (KCOV president), and Phyllis Phillips (KCOV board member).

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has proclaimed November 14 – 18 as Kids’ Chance Awareness Week in order to increase the visibility of Kids’ Chance of Vermont and to inform Vermonters about Kids’ Chance college scholarship opportunities.

A link to the proclamation can be found on the governor’s website.

With a mission to provide scholarships to children of workers who have been injured or killed at work in Vermont, Kids’ Chance of Vermont has awarded two annual scholarships since its formation in 2014:

  • 2016: $9,125 to Ashlyn Evans of Groton to attend Michael’s School of Hair Design, a Paul Mitchell Partner School in Bedford, NH, starting in September 2016. Ashlyn plans to open her own beauty salon. Her mother was injured while working as an LNA and was not able to go back to her job.
  • 2015: $10,000 to Lyndsey Cox of Rutland, to attend the Sage College in Albany, New York, and obtain a degree in physical therapy. Lyndsey aims to use her degree to work with children. Her father suffered a work-related injury that ultimately resulted in the loss of his leg.

Burlington attorney Keith Kasper, president of Kids’ Chance of Vermont, said: “We believe that investing in the educational future of children affected by a family workplace injury will make a difference in their lives and subsequently help the lives of others. Awareness Week will help us extend our reach and identify more students who could benefit.”


About Kids’ Chance

Kids’ Chance of Vermont is a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to children of workers who have been injured or killed at work in Vermont. It is managed by a volunteer board of workers’ compensation professionals from the areas of law, insurance, vocational rehabilitation, and state government. The first Kids’ Chance organization was founded in 1988 by a workers’ compensation attorney in Georgia. Through his work he had witnessed the life-shattering impact of a serious or fatal workplace injury on the worker’s children, who were faced with the difficulty of having to fund their own education. Collectively, Kids’ Chance organizations have awarded 5,593 scholarships across the country, totaling over $16 million.

Kids’ Chance of Vermont board members

  • President: Keith Kasper, workers’ compensation attorney, Burlington.
  • Vice president: Heidi Groff, workers’ compensation attorney, Montpelier.
  • Treasurer: Glenn Morgan, workers’ compensation attorney, Rutland
  • Wayne Sullivan, vocational rehabilitation counselor, Waterbury
  • Mary Sorrentino, insurance adjuster, Colchester
  • Phyllis Phillips, administrative law judge, Vermont Department of Labor, Montpelier
  • Todd Kalter, workers’ compensation attorney, Rutland