The Jim Hudak
and Sally Silvia
Scholarship Fund

Providing Additional Scholarship Dollars

The Jim Hudak and Sally Silvia Scholarship Fund
Created in 2019, the Jim Hudak and Sally Silvia Scholarship Fund is part of the Kids’ Chance of America Endowment – established through the generosity of James B. Hudak, former Chief Executive Chairman and Executive Officer of Paradigm Outcomes.

Establishing this endowment caps a career distinguished by innovative thinking and a history of building motivated, cohesive teams. Jim’s leadership in the workers’ compensation industry led him to Kids’ Chance of America, and his dedication and commitment have enabled the charity’s growth as a national scholarship platform.  

Sally has a long history of charitable activity, and she has a passion for supporting the education of women and girls to help them achieve economic empowerment.

Awards from the Jim Hudak and Sally Silvia Scholarship Fund are available to kids whose parent has been injured on the job and have already received a scholarship from a state organization.

How it Works

Candidates must be nominated by a Kids’ Chance state organization. Each state may only nominate one new student per academic year.
For consideration, nominees must meet the following criteria:
  • Nominee’s parent or guardian must have experienced a compensable work-related injury or death.
  • Nominee must be enrolling as a full-time “incoming freshman” or equivalent.
  • Nominee must be enrolling in a two- or four-year post-secondary institution in an accredited program leading to a university/college degree – or – applicant must intend to enroll in an accredited technical school leading to certification upon graduation, if certificate programs are allowed by the Kids’ Chance state organization.
  • Nominee must meet all of the state’s eligibility criteria.
  • Nominee must have documented unmet financial need of at least $10,000.
Scholarship awards will be made according to the funds available. Awards are likely to be at or near $10,000 per academic year. 

Recipients of the Jim Hudak and Sally Silvia Scholarship Fund who successfully complete their course of study each year are eligible for annual renewal, upon submission of satisfactory academic progress. 

The primary criterion for this scholarship is evidence of significant financial need.

Nominate a Student

Please submit the nomination form with a copy of the student’s state-level application. All materials are due by midnight ET on July 15, 2024. Decisions will be announced by August 1.
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