The Workers Compensation Fund of Utah, a quasi-public organization that provides workers compensation insurance for 20,000 Utah employers and their employees, has established a $10,000 scholarship fund for children of workers insured by the fund who died in compensable industrial accidents.
Fund president Blaine Palmer said scholarships of up to $1,000 will be awarded to eligible and worthy dependents for a state-supported institution of higher education, including community colleges, and could receive $4,000 over a four-year period.Palmer, who made the announcement in a press conference in the Union Labor Center, said the board of directors approved the scholarship program and allocated the money from premiums paid by policyholders-Utah companies that use the fund to provide workers' compensation for their employees.
This year, the fund had a net income of $8 million and returned $4 million of that back to the policyholders with the best work place safety records.
Ed Mayne, president of the Utah AFL-CIO, will be chairman of the scholarship committee that will select recipients. He will be assisted by Cecilia Foxley, associate commissioner for academic affairs in the Utah System of Higher Education, and Dennis Lloyd, attorney for the fund who designed the scholarship program.
Application forms are available at the fund office, 560 S. 300 East, by calling Greg Johnson, fund communications manager, at 538-8003, or the student scholarship advisory office in any of the nine state universities or colleges. The applications must be submitted by Dec. 7.
To be eligible, students must be the natural or adopted child of a worker killed in a compensable industrial accident covered by the fund. Selection will be made on grade point average, standard test scores, general character, community involvement and economic need.
"We at the fund believe the scholarship program will provide meaningful assistance and recognition to deserving young people who might otherwise not have the opportunity to pursue a higher education or vocational training," said Palmer. Mayne applauded the fund for "this humanitarian action."