In 2013, Kids’ Chance was able to award scholarships to several talented young students affected by work-related accidents. Please find the first hand stories from our recipients Isaac and Nathaniel Isaac Andrade, Johnnelle Fifer-Hohe and Brittney Hudler below:
Isaac and Nathaniel Isaac Andrade
The Andrade brothers lost their father in 2006 when he was fatally injured in a work-related accident. “The chain of events that followed his passing nearly crushed the remnants of my life.” commented Isaac. “My dad’s mom, Grandma Lillian, fought to get custody of us in court. She was the one to pick back up the pieces of my life.”
”Just last year, I was accepted to the University of California Irvine to major in Computer Science and Engineering. I’m already in debt with loans and my grades are difficult to maintain to say the least but one thing is for sure: No matter what, I will not give up. If given, the Kid’s Chance Scholarship, I will humbly accept and use it to better secure my future and become a better person. Thank you so much for the opportunity. ”
Graduated from Citrus High School in Perris CA. Enrolled to attend Riverside Community College to study auto mechanics this Fall.
“I believe it all started with my dad. He was a mechanic and I learned the basics at his side. My father seemed so proud when he was able to first diagnose the problem and then figure out what needed to be done to get it fixed. It was that pride of accomplishment that I saw in him that first lit the spark in me.“
Her goal is to open and run her own firm one day. She is currently working in the community co-op as a way to contribute to the community as well as meet new people. She is looking to become a member of the AAID (American Association of Interior Design) as a way to assist her in achieving her goals.
When Johnnelle was very young, her stepfather was injured in a work related accident while operating heavy construction equipment. Although he went through multiple surgeries to save his leg, the accident ultimately resulted in him losing his left leg below the knee. He was not able to return to work.
“My Mom helped me find Kids’ Chance of California and it will really help me out in paying for school”.
I have studied and trained very hard the past four years of high school. I have played competitive softball since I was eight years old. When I was accepted to Concordia University, I was very excited. They have an incredible medical program, and they are one of few Universities that would allow me to still play sports while pursuing this major.
I visited the school this past spring, and I knew it was the right fit for me. The campus was absolutely beautiful, and the students and staff were very friendly. This school was a place that I knew I could succeed at. I sat down with my academic counselor and went over the cost of tuition ($31,450). I was shocked and scared to see how much an education was going to cost me. I went home and discussed this with my parents.
My father is a medically retired Deputy Sheriff in California. He was injured in the line of duty a few years ago, and after 3 failed surgeries, he was forced to medically retire from his career. Because of this unforeseen injury and the loss of his job, my parents have been unable to help me financially with college.
I was very excited when my parents gave me the award letter telling me that I had been chosen to receive a Kid’s Chance Scholarship! This money will really help me out, and is very much appreciated!
Thank you so much for hearing my story and believing in me! I will not let you down.
Thank you for your help, Brittany Hudler