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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  • Change to Change Kids Lives

    Thank you to all of our partners who participated in our “Change to Change Kids Lives” campaign in July!  Our goal was to raise money and promote awareness within our community by placing banks at different companies and you all agreed to help.  Special shout out to our gracious contributors:   Ganan & Shapiro (Peoria) […]

  • The New Kids’ Chance Video is Here

    Just a few months ago, volunteers, supporters and leaders gathered in Virginia for the Annual Meeting and 10th Anniversary Celebration. We have grown exponentially in number of organizations, dollars, and reach. We are proud to share with you today a video that showcases some of the talented, dedicated volunteers who make Kids’ Chance of America […]

  • Kids’ Chance Awareness Week 2017

    Kids’ Chance believes 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. In 2016, scholarship applications increased significantly but we know there are more students in need of assistance. Kids’ Chance Awareness Week is designed to increase our […]


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.