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 Golf Outing Fundraiser!!

    On September 23, 2016 at 1 p.m. we will be hosting the Kids’ Chance of Illinois Golf Tournament at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course in Alton, IL.  For more information, check out our Events and Fundraising Page

  • KCOI Awards Six Fall Scholarships!

    We’re off to a great start this year! We received over 15 applications this semester and were able to successfully award six: four new and two renewals. Let’s see if we can’t double the number of scholarships for the spring semester!

  • The Illinois Game Time Seminar Workshops

    On April 8, 2016, friends of Kids’ Chance Inc. of Illinois raised close to $600 for our Illinois scholarship fund! The Illinois Game Time Seminar Workshops held a raffle with the proceeds designated for Kids’ Chance.  Our very own Toni Herwaldt won the raffle and rather than keeping the money, donated her prize without hesitation.  Thank […]


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.