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The Arapahoe County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards program (ACMCYA) has opened its 2020 contest to nominations. The group of local leaders works with the Arapahoe County Foundation and outside sponsors to award one-time scholarships to high school seniors who have “overcome personal adversity and have created positive changes in their lives.” The students are free to use the scholarships at vocational, two-year or four-year colleges within the 2020-21 or 2021-22 academic years as long as they’ve enrolled before the end of 2020.
To be eligible, students must live and attend school in Arapahoe County, but their education can be in a non-traditional setting such as a group home or an alternative school. Qualified students must be nominated by teachers, counselors or other educators who are not related to the nominee. Relatives of County employees are not eligible to be nominated.
To have a student considered, nominating adults must complete the ACMCYA nomination form and submit it along with an essay, written by the nominee, that highlights, in no more than 400 words, what the student has overcome and learned to reach this point, and what they hope to accomplish in the future.
“It’s difficult for many students to afford post-secondary education, yet without this level of schooling it’s almost impossible to get a job that pays a living wage,” said Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Jackson. “The Youth Awards recognize the hard work its takes to overcome all kinds of adversity, and these scholarships provide some help for bright, driven and resilient students toward achieving their long-term goals.”
The deadline for submitting nomination form is Friday, Feb 28. at 5 p.m., and forms should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the ACMCYA page on Arapahoegov.com.