What happens to surviving families when a parent dies or is permanently disabled due to a work-related injury? In Oregon a Workers' Memorial Scholarship fund was established to assist in a family's ability to pay for higher education. Award recommendations are made by Oregon OSHA's Safe Employment Education and Training Advisory Committee made up of members from business, organized labor, and government. The 1991 Legislature established the Workers' Memorial Scholarship at the request of the Oregon AFLCIO, with support from Associated Oregon Industries. Oregon OSHA presents the awards annually to assist in the postsecondary education of spouses or children of permanently disabled or fatally injured workers. The Workers' Memorial Scholarship is open to any high school graduate, graduating high school senior, GED recipient, or current college undergraduate or graduate student who is a dependent or spouse of an Oregon worker who has been fatally injured or permanently disabled while on the job. Applicants must be Oregon residents receiving fatality benefits, a dependent or spouse of a fatally injured worker, or the dependent or spouse of an Oregon worker who has incurred a permanent total disability and whose claim for workers' compensation benefits has been accepted. (workersxzcompxzkit) Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) honored four Oregon students for 2009-2010 academic year. Every state should give this type of fund consideration. Author: Robert Elliott, J.D.
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