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Amy Van Dyken-Rouen knows something about overcoming odds. The Olympic swimmer and former world-record holder who suffered a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed in 2014 delivered the keynote address at the 2015 Pinnacol Foundation scholarship awards ceremony. All 107 students who received scholarships are children of a Coloradan killed, or seriously injured on the job. Van Dyken-Rouen met with each of the scholarship recipients and their families to inspire them with her stories of perseverance and hope. Established in 2000 as a charitable nonprofit organization, Pinnacol Foundation awarded nearly $400,000 in scholarships in 2015. Since it began, the Foundation has awarded scholarships close to $4 million to more than 400 children of injured workers.

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