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The night Kaylene Dial Nelsen was told her husband had been killed in an industrial accident, she gathered her children around her and told them their father's death was no excuse to be a failure.

She has taken her own words to heart and Monday received a scholarship from the Workers Compensation Fund of Utah, one of 46 awarded to children or spouses of people who died in industrial accidents while working for companies for which the fund had written the workers' compensation insurance.On Feb. 13, 1993, Randall Nelsen, who owned Nelsen Construction Co., Provo, was killed when a large backhoe he was working on slipped into gear and ran over him.

Kaylene Nelson received a scholarship last year and with this year's scholarship that's worth up to $1,500, she is working toward a master's degree in communications from Utah State University and eventually wants to teach journalism in college.

One of Kaylene Nelson's daughters, Tara, is a graduate of Box Elder High School and wants a career in business. She also received a scholarship in a program the recipients are calling a chance to realize a dream of continuing their education.

Another speaker was Robert Langston, who received five scholarships from the program and two months ago graduated from Southern Utah University after majoring in physical education. He is beginning his career as a teacher at Milford High School and will be the head football coach and assistant basketball coach.

Langston, whose father died 15 years ago, said he had been out of school for eight years when he applied for his first WCFU scholarship and because of the program he has realized his dream of being a coach and working with young people.

Called the Legacy in Learning program, Lane A. Summerhays, fund presdent, said this year's record group of 46 includes 23 previous recipients. Thirty-three are children of the deceased and 13 are spouses. Nine are college freshmen and four are graduate students.

Ed Mayne, president of the Utah AFL-CIO, who conceived the proj-ect six years ago, said he has seen lives change because of the scholarships. "This program not only displays the willingness of the Workers Compensation Fund of Utah, it's truly and opportunity for people who might not otherwise be able to pursue an education to attend college and make something of themselves."