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Today, Governor Polis announced the first five $50,000 winners of Colorado’s Comeback Cash Scholarship Drawing. Governor Polis was joined by Dr. Angie Paccione, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Students ages 12 – 17 who have gotten their COVID-19 vaccination are automatically entered in the state drawing.

Governor Jared Polis announced the first student winners of the Colorado CombackCash drawing this morning. All students 12-17 who have received their COVID-19 vaccination are automatically entered. Photo courtesy of the Associated Press.

“Congratulations to our very first winners of the Colorado Comeback Cash Scholarship drawing!” said Governor Polis. “As some of the younger Coloradans eligible to receive the incredibly effective vaccine, I thank you for doing your part to protect yourself, your family, your classmates, and other members of your community. This lifesaving vaccine is our ticket for students to return to the classroom, and an opportunity to win a $50,000 scholarship, which can open a multitude of doors for students pursuing advanced education. I encourage you, whether you’re in high school or in your 60’s, to make a plan today to get this vaccine.”

The winners of this week’s scholarship drawing are Natalie M. of Centennial, Arianna Garcia (14) of Longmont, Liam Atkins (15) of Boulder, Brett Cheney (16) of Mesa County, and Gabriella Sleight (14) of Littleton.

Additionally, Thomas M. of Steamboat Springs won a scholarship but gave it to another Coloradan as he has already secured a full-ride scholarship to college.

Vaccinated Coloradans ages 12-17 are eligible for the $50,000 scholarships and will be randomly selected over the next few weeks. Four additional drawings for the Comeback Cash Scholarship will occur on Mondays and winners will be announced on Thursdays; June 17, June 24, July 1, and July 8.

The funds will be placed in a CollegeInvest account for the student to use when they pursue postsecondary education, including higher and technical education or credential programs. The funds can be left in the interest-bearing account for future educational use.

To learn more about the Comeback Cash Scholarship drawing, visit and also view the Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information about COVID-19 and the vaccines, eligibility, and local appointments, see the links below. Pharmacies will be getting small shipments of vaccines in the near future. Information will be posted online here and on the county public health web pages.

Pharmacy vaccine resources:

Salida: Walmart, Safeway, Salida Pharmacy

Buena Vista: City Market, BV Drug, Shavano Pharmacy (LaGreeā€™s), Valley-Wide Health