FAQs

What is Kids’ Chance of Nebraska?

The Kids’ Chance organization was founded in 1988 by Robert Clyatt, a workers’ compensation attorney from Georgia. Mr. Clyatt saw firsthand the devastating impact that severe workplace injuries had on children and their families. With the assistance of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Georgia Bar, Mr. Clyatt incorporated Kids’ Chance of Georgia and started educational scholarship fund raising for the children of injured Georgia workers. The Georgia Kids’ Chance started reaching out to other states and supported them in establishing their own states Kids’ Chance organizations.

Kids’ Chance of Nebraska started out as a conversation between two longtime friends on opposite sides of the court. Both respected and well versed in their profession, Rod Rehm and Dallas Jones set about contacting Kids’ Chance of America and creating a board that began meeting in August of 2013. The board consists of stakeholders involved in the workers’ compensation industry. These stakeholders include representatives from organized labor, the business community, plaintiff and defense attorneys, medical providers, carriers, brokers, vocational rehabilitation, claims and case management.

When did Kids’ Chance of Nebraska originate?

Kids’ Chance of Nebraska first organized in August of 2013. Our first scholarships were awarded for the 2015-2016 School Year!

Who does Kids’ Chance of Nebraska serve?

Dependents of a parent in the State of Nebraska who suffered either an employment related fatality or injuries that have had a significant adverse effect on family income who are seeking assistance to pursue higher education.

What other States have Kids’ Chance Chapters?

See the map with links to each chapter at: http://www.kidschance.org/state-organizations/

Who can apply for a scholarship from Kids’ Chance of Nebraska?

Dependents of a parent in the State of Nebraska who suffered either an employment related fatality or injuries that have had a significant adverse effect on family income who are seeking assistance to pursue higher education.

What are the criteria to apply to be a scholarship recipient?
  • Must be between the ages of 16 – 25 years old
  • Must have a high school diploma, GED or a high school student in good standing (who will graduate in the current academic year).
  • Dependent of a parent who suffered either an on the job fatality or injuries that have had a significant adverse effect on family income.
How many years can I be a scholarship recipient?

Scholarship recipients can reapply and receive funds for up to four (4) years of higher education.

When is the scholarship application period?

January 1st through April 15th for the upcoming academic year.

Where can I obtain an application?
When are the scholarship awards announced?

Scholarship awards are announced in either May or June preceding Fall Semester.

What can be funded by a scholarship?
  • Proceeds can be used for vocational / technical school, junior college, undergraduate or graduate programs
  • Proceeds must be used for tuition, fees or room and board only (will be paid directly to the institution).
How do I renew my scholarship application?

Current scholarship recipients can contact their Scholarship Committee Member to assist in the application process for subsequent scholarship awards for up to a total for four (4) years of higher education.

Who donates to Kids’ Chance of Nebraska?

Donors to Kids’ Chance of Nebraska include many parties to the workers’ compensation industry, including law firms, medical providers, insurance companies, insurance brokerages, vocational rehabilitation & case management companies and employers.  This organization is focused on providing financial support to kid’s who have been affected by the loss of a parent and the contribution towards their future.  We are happy to receive the support of all parties who want to help provide a greater chance at education opportunities for the next generation!

How do I make a tax deductible donation?

Please donate now at: http://www.kidschanceofne.org/make-a-donation/
Kids’ Chance of Nebraska
15418 Weir Street, Suite 157
Omaha, NE 68137

Kids’ Chance of Nebraska is a 501(c)3 organization.
Federal Tax ID# 47-2549083

How can I be assured that my donation is being applied to a scholarship?

Kids’ Chance of Nebraska is entirely a volunteer based organization built around the mission to raise money and provide scholarships.  The majority of the dollars raised are in direct donations and not through fundraising or selling of items or services.  We have received select donations named by the donor to use for growth and development of the organization.  This allows us to ensure that your donation WILL be directed funded into a scholarship.

How much of the funds raised are used for scholarships versus overhead?

Kids’ Chance of Nebraska is entirely a volunteer based organization built around the mission to raise money and provide scholarships, so there are no wages or compensations.  We have received select donations named by the donor to use for growth and development of the organization.  Our overhead is limited to basic administrative costs for marketing materials and website maintenance.

How can I volunteer to help?

Kids’ Chance of Nebraska loves the diversity of people interested in helping our organization.  If there is something you love to do, and would like to do for Kids’ Chance of Nebraska, please contact us!  See the contact list of Board and Committee members at: http://www.kidschanceofne.org/board-of-directors/.  Any one of us will be happy to visit with you about becoming a member of the Kids’ Chance of Nebraska team!