Illinois Kids’ Chance is the state chapter of a national organization that awards college scholarships to kids whose parents have either been killed or seriously injured in work-related accidents.

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  • KCOI Receives a Boost of Encouragement!

    This a response we received from emailing high school counselors to inform them of our scholarship opportunities: Thank you. I wish this had been around when I was in HS. My father was killed on the job when I was young. I never thought I could go to college because we could not afford it.  […]

  • City of Chicago Supports Kids’ Chance Awareness Week!

    Kids’ Chance of America believes that a significant difference can be made in the lives of all children affected by a workplace injury by helping them pursue and achieve their educational goals. Both the City of Chicago and State of Illinois have recognized the importance of this issue and have partnered with the Illinois Chapter […]

  • Governor Rauner and Mayor Emmanuel Designate November 14-18 Awareness Week!

    We have received a State of Illinois Proclamation from Governor Rauner, and a City of Chicago Proclamation from Mayor Emmanuel, which designate November 14-18, 2016 as Kids’ Chance Awareness Week!  Kids’ Chance Awareness Week is designed to increase our visibility through special outreach events that will spread the word about Kids’ Chance scholarship opportunities. Share why you’re a […]


The first Kids’ Chance chapter was started in Georgia in 1988. Since then, thirty-three states and 3 affiliates have organized Kids’ Chance programs and have collectively awarded over 5,479 educational scholarships and distributed over $14 million in scholarship funds to workers’ families.

Who can Illinois Kids’ Chance help?

  • The 18-year old Illinois girl who dreamed of becoming a nurse, legal assistant or cosmetologist, who cannot now attend a vocational/technical school to learn a trade.
  • The Illinois high school graduate who wanted to be the first in the family to obtain a college degree and now finds the college doors closed.
  • The Illinois college student who began the goal to obtain a college degree but now has no funds to complete the journey.