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Posted on: February 10, 2022

Arapahoe County now accepting nominations for 2022 Youth Awards


The Arapahoe County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards (ACMCYA) is now accepting nominations for the class of 2022. This award recognizes teenagers who have overcome obstacles and risen to any challenges life has presented. The award is unique because it is dedicated to youth who live and attend school in Arapahoe County within traditional classroom settings, group homes, alternative schools, and emancipated youth. Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors who have overcome different types of adversity and wish to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities at vocational, two- or four-year schools.

Nominations typically come from teachers, counselors and other educators who are not related to the nominees, and all nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 18. The awards will be presented at an in-person ceremony this spring.


  • Seniors (grade 12) who live and attend school in Arapahoe County within traditional classroom settings, group homes, alternative schools, and emancipated youth.
  • 12th grade youth are eligible to receive a scholarship for educational opportunities at vocational, two- or four-year schools for the first year of post-secondary costs.
  • Youth related to Arapahoe County employees are not eligible for this program.


Teachers, counselors, and other educators who are not related to the nominees may nominate an eligible student for consideration. Each nominee must write a three-paragraph essay that highlights what they have learned from overcoming the challenge(s) they faced, what they hope to accomplish with the scholarship money, and any other future plans or ambitions.

A committee comprised of County elected officials (commissioners, mayors, etc.) review applications and make recommendations for awards and scholarships based on each 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. Scholarship recipients must use the award within the 2022-2023 academic years. 

Learn more about the program or nominate a student. 

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