The Arapahoe County Mayors & Commissioners Youth Awards

Logo for Arapahoe County Mayors & Commissioners Youth AwardsAbout the Program

The Arapahoe County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards (ACMCYA) recognize local seniors who have overcome personal adversity and have created positive change in their lives. The program is unique because it encompasses youth in both traditional and non-traditional classroom settings.

During a special event in April, nominated students are recognized for their accomplishments and one-time scholarships are awarded to exceptional youth for pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities at vocational, two- or four-year schools.


  • Seniors (grade 12) who live and attend school in Arapahoe County
  • Students within traditional classroom settings, group homes, alternative schools and/or are emancipated youth
  • Youth related to Arapahoe County employees are not eligible for this program

2019 Youth Awards
2019 Youth Awards at Centennial Airport, Mayo Aviation


Teachers, counselors and other educators, not related to the youth, may nominate an eligible youth for consideration.

Each nominee must write a three-paragraph essay (no more than 400 words) that highlights what they have learned after overcoming the challenge(s) they faced, what they hope to accomplish in the year ahead and any future plans or ambitions.

A committee comprised of elected officials (commissioners, mayors, etc.) review applications and make recommendations for awards and scholarships based on the student's desire to rise above adversity, determination to create positive change within their environment, and the positive contributions and service to their communities and families.

Nomination Deadline


Scholarships are made possible through the Arapahoe County Foundation and program sponsors. Scholarship awards must be used within the 2020-2021 academic years to help defray first-year costs.


Questions about the process or program should be directed to 303-795-4215 or