On Wednesday, Governor Jared Polis announced the Colorado Comeback Cash Scholarship drawing, where five eligible Coloradans, ages 12-17, will be randomly selected to win a $50,000 scholarship each week for five weeks. This public health initiative is meant to promote COVID-19 vaccine uptake.
“Last week we launched the Colorado Comeback Cash for Coloradans 18 and older, and now we are rolling out how Coloradans ages 12-17 have a chance to win $50,000 toward their education when they get the vaccine as soon as possible. These scholarships will help 25 lucky winners get the postsecondary education of their choice,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We need each and every Coloradan to be part of this once-in-a-generation effort to power the Colorado Comeback and the first step is getting vaccinated.”
Drawings for the Comeback Cash Scholarship will occur on Mondays and winners will be announced on five Fridays: June 11, June 18, June 25, July 2, and July 9.
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.
“The Colorado Comeback Cash Scholarship is a unique opportunity for 25 vaccinated students to get a jump-start on paying for their post-secondary education,” said Dr. Angie Paccione, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. “The scholarship money will go into a CollegeInvest account so they can power their education and maximize their potential to save for college.”
Colorado’s Power the Comeback campaign
In addition, Governor Polis announced a new element to Colorado’s Power the Comeback campaign, where local businesses can do their part by supporting employees who want to be vaccinated and promoting policies for COVID-safe workplaces. Businesses can showcase their efforts to Power the Comeback by taking a pledge, saying they will do at least one of the following:
- Host a vaccine clinic onsite
- Promote local vaccination clinics
- Provide incentives for employees to get vaccinated
- Encourage unvaccinated Coloradans to continue wearing masks inside the workplace
- Promote information about the Colorado law that mandates paid time off to get the vaccine and recover from side effects
A handful of businesses have already signed on to the pledge including H2 Manufacturing and Red Canyon Roofing in the Front Range, and Downstairs at Eric’s and Arabella Boutique in Summit County.