Polis announces 5 scholarship winners in ongoing vaccine lottery

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DENVER (KDVR) — Gov. Jared Polis announced the first five winners of the Colorado Comeback Cash Scholarship drawing Thursday morning.

This is part of the state’s vaccine lottery incentive to get more people vaccinated, using CARES Act money to fund a randomized drawing based on the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS).

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.

Toby M., of Steamboat Springs, also won the scholarship but declined and gave it to another Coloradan, because he has already secured a full-ride scholarship to college.

“I’m in a fortunate position where I got an amazing academic scholarship to go to Clarkson University and that combined with the generosity of my grandparents means that I will be graduating college without any debt. So when I heard I won the scholarship, I decided it would be best to pass it along to someone who might need it a little more than me,” the 17-year-old said.

Vaccinated Coloradans ages 12-17 are eligible for the $50,000 scholarships, which will be put in accounts that can go to the higher education program of their choosing. There are four more drawings scheduled.

You can re-watch the announcement on the FOX31 NOW player below.

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