Meet our Kids!
These are the students, future leaders, and game changers whose dreams your generosity supports.
These are their faces, now hear their stories.
These are their faces, now hear their stories.
Joseph’s dad suffered a catastrophic work related injury and has been unable to return to work. Joe graduated from Holly High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society. He is attending U of M studying music. Joseph is one of only three undergraduate tuba majors. His mentor is Cindy Kreiger. “…I couldn’t have had a better first year…had it not been for the incredible generosity of Kids’ Chance, its volunteers and all of its contributors. Without the help of Kids’ Chance, I would not have been able to reach the point where I am today.” – Joseph
Paige’s dad suffered a catastrophic work related injury and has been unable to return to work. Paige graduated from Three Rivers High School with a 3.54 GPA. She is attending Southwestern Michigan College studying occupational therapy. Her mentor is Marian Misterovich. “…The Kids’ Chance Scholarship has enable me to attend college…by downsizing the loan amount that I would have…to pay for my education.” – Paige
Gary’s dad was killed in a work related accident just 11 days before he was born. Gary was raised by his mom and Grandma. He graduated from Olivet High School with a 3.64 GPA and is attending U of M studying Civil Engineering. His mentor is Bill Crawforth. “… I could visibly see some of the weight lifted from her (his mother) shoulders when we received the congratulatory message. This scholarship was not just been awarded to me, in a way, to my entire family. I feel overly blessed and could not in words even begin to express how much this means to me.” – Gary
Brittany’s dad suffered a catastrophic work related injury and has been unable to return to work. She graduated from Hazel Park High School with a 3.2 GPA. Brittany attends Oakland University studying physical therapy. Her mentor is Paula Murray. “We would like to thank everybody involved with Kids’ Chance of MI for selecting my daughter for this scholarship. It has helped out a lot”. – Steve and Deborah, Brittany’s parents
Ariel’s father passed away when she was 4years old, from injuries while working on a traffic light late at night for the Oakland County Road Commission. I graduated from Grand Blanc High School in June 2017. I graduated with honors and earned varsity letters in swim, water polo, and power lifting. I participated in the performance choir, was president of the Frontline Christian Club, and was a junior leader for Young Life. I enjoy exercise, volunteering at my church, and writing. I am going to attend Oakland University in the fall of 2017. I am part of the honors college there and I plan to study teacher education for language arts with a minor in history. I would also like to pursue a Master's Degree in Counseling. My youth pastor, Kari Kozak, supported me throughout my years in high school and was a good friend to help navigate teenage life. My Spanish teacher, Susan Stockton, taught me that hard work and patience pays off and motivated me to be the best that I can. Receiving the Kid's Chance Scholarship reminds me that good things can come from bad situations. I am excited and thankful that Kid's Chance is willing to support me to obtain a higher education and pursue my passion.
Savannah’s father was run over by a forklift, and his leg had to be amputated. When asked why she applied for a KCOMI Scholarship: I applied for kids chance hoping that i get the opportunity to attend my dream college. My family is struggling financially and they cannot afford to send me straight to a university. With the help of this scholarship I have higher hopes of accomplishing the education I dream of. 2. I graduated with the Class of 2017 at Lapeer High School. 3. I received a silver and gold medal from the Scholastics Art competition for two of my art pieces. 4. I volunteered at Mclaren Lapeer Region at the front desk as a patient escort and in the gift shop as a cashier. However I didn't participate in any other extra curricular activities. I do enjoy painting and drawing though. 5. I plan on attending Mott Community College in order to complete my basics and then transfer to KCAD. 6. My only one and true mentor throughout high school was amy linton, my art teacher for 4 years. 7. I plan on starting off as a graphic designer and working my way up as a creative director. 8. Being approved for kids chance, means that i have the chance and opportunity to attend my dream college KCAD, to accomplish my hopes in becoming a creative director, and putting forth my hardest work in achieving my goals.
My dad passed away when I was six years old. He died while working on some farming equipment, he accidentally touched some electrical wires and was electrocuted. I graduated from Northern Michigan Christian High School. After high school, I went to Mid Michigan Community College for two and a half years. I now attend Central Michigan University and am pursuing a degree in Broadcasting & Cinematic Arts. I am very interested in music, as was my father. I love listening to all kinds of music and digging deeper into the lyrics and the sounds to help me better understand the feelings that the artist is expressing through their music. I also enjoy playing the guitar and the banjo.
My name is Rebecca Dieterman and I was 2 years old when my father was killed in a work related accident. He was electrocuted by touching raw wires in a milking parlor by the milk cooler at a farm. My father died that same day; it was April 24, 2001. I just graduated high school from Northern Michigan Christian School in McBain, MI and I am attending college at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI. I am currently majoring in education. Some of my interests include: listening to music, singing, reading, spending time with family and friends, and watching movies. Some sports I played in high school were soccer, volleyball, and basketball. One volunteer activity that I am involved with is serving on my church’s worship team.
The Kids' Chance of Michigan Executive Committee, comprised of volunteers representing the workers’ compensation community, provides guidance and oversight on all levels of organizational activity through regular committee and board meetings. We believe that we can make a significant difference in the lives of all children
affected by a workplace injury by helping them pursue and achieve their educational goals.