DENVER — Colorado is giving away 25 scholarships to people between ages 12 and 17 who have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, Gov. Jared Polis said Wednesday.
The scholarships are worth $50,000 each, and will be deposited directly into a CollegeInvest account. The money can be used at two-year colleges, four-year colleges, technical schools, private colleges, and occupational schools both in Colorado and out of state.
The first drawing is June 7, with the winner announced June 11. The state will choose five winners each week through July 5.
Coloradans between the ages of 12 and 17 who have received at least one dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine will be automatically entered in the drawing. The Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID vaccine currently authorized for children in this age group.
Last week, Polis announced a $1 million drawing for people who have received a COVID vaccine by the end of June. That drawing is only open to residents age 18 or older.
Polis said adults who were vaccinated through the VA are among those eligible to win the $1 million prize. The state is working with the Department of Defense in hopes of extending eligibility to Coloradans who were vaccinated through the DOD.
Joining Polis for Wednesday’s update were:
- Dr. Angie Paccione, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Higher Education
- Pat Meyers, Executive Director, Office of Economic Development and International Trade
- Tamil Maldonado, Co-Founder & VP, Raices Brewing Co