Colorado will award 25 vaccinated students with $50,000 college scholarships

Colorado will reward 25 randomly selected students who have received the COVID-19 vaccine with $50,000 scholarships to post-secondary institutions of their choice in an effort to encourage young folks to get inoculated, the state announced Wednesday.

To be eligible to win, the students must be Colorado residents between the ages of 12 and 17 and have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Jared Polis said during a Wednesday news conference.

The money will be placed in a student’s CollegeInvest fund, which Polis said will earn more money over time.

The first drawing for the scholarships will be held on Monday, Polis said. The state will choose five winners every week through July 9.

The money can be used for in-state or out-of-state college programs or technical or credential programs, Polis said.

About a quarter of Coloradans in this age group have already received the vaccine, Polis said.

“We know the pandemic had a very significant impact on students and on education,” said Angie Paccione, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. “We saw undergraduate enrollment decline over the last year and a half… many first-year students decided to take a gap year. This scholarship sends a clear message to our state that we need you for our Colorado comeback… These students will have a jumpstart on their education.”

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