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34 Scholarships Awarded to Children and Spouses of Workers Who Passed Away in Workplace Accidents

SALT LAKE CITY, August 6, 2018 – The 28th annual Legacy of Learning Scholarship Luncheon awarded scholarships to further the education of 34 children and spouses of workers who lost their lives in work-related incidents. The Legacy of Learning program helps these students realize their educational goals when they might have been otherwise unable.

For recipient Evan Sharp, the legacy of his father, who passed away in a workplace accident in 2007 when Evan was just 14, lives on as he pursues a nursing degree at UVU. Evan is a past and current recipient and is inspired by fellow winners in similar situations. “I saw other people who were beating the odds and I thought, ‘Why can’t that be me, too?’ I realized that my academic dreams really were possible, even if I was still grieving in some ways; even if I didn’t have a lot of money and support; if they could do it, so could I,” Evan said.

Bessie Pettigrew claims to be a “first-generation student,” studying criminal justice and sociology at Weber State University. Bessie’s father, who passed away after a construction accident when Bessie was four years old, still feels his presence and values the lessons she continues to learn from him and her family. “[I was told] in life, you’re never going to get hand-me-downs, you’re never going to get things handed to you, so you always have to work for what you want, and that has stuck with me ever since,” she said. “Everything I do, I do it with my family.”

Since its inception in 1990, more than 1,200 scholarships and more than $2.25 million have been awarded to spouses and children of deceased workers insured by WCF. The Legacy of Learning event recognizes recipients for their continued courage and commitment to achieving academic success.

“Our hearts go out to the families who have lost someone they love,” said Ray Pickup, WCF president and CEO. “We are passionate about our commitment to these families and are happy to be celebrating the program’s 28th year. The Legacy of Learning program supports and enables recipients to turn tragedy into triumph.”

 

 

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