This Mesa County teenager is among the first five winners of $50,000 scholarships from the state of Colorado.

Colorado is handing out $50,000 scholarships for kids between 12-17 years old who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Governor Jared Polis has announced the first five winners, one of which is a teenager from Mesa County.

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Governor Polis said it was fate that a winner was from Mesa County since COVID-19 rates are high and vaccination rates are low. Governor Polis hopes that more people in Mesa County will get the vaccine.

16-year-old Brett Cheney from Mesa County hopes that he will inspire others to get the vaccine as well. According to The Denver Channel, Brett was happy to win a $50,000 scholarship to continue his education.

The other Colorado kids who scored $50,000 scholarships for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine are:

  • Natalie M. from Centennial, Colorado - Sophomore
    • She plans to become a dentist
  • Arianna Garcia from Longmont, Colorado - 14
    • Arianna wants to pursue American Sign Language Studies
  • Liam Atkins from Boulder, Colorado - 15
    • Liam says the money will help with his studies and allow him to do more extracurricular activities
  • Gabriella Sleight from Littleton, Colorado - 14
    • Gabriella was shocked to find out she won and was very grateful

It's great to see Colorado teenagers making plans for their futures and being so grateful and happy to receive $50,000 scholarships. There are still more chances for Colorado teens to win.

According to The Denver Channel, there will be 20 more winners, 25 total. Five winners will be drawn every week for the next four weeks, good luck.

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