DENVER (KRDO) -- Gov. Jared Polis is announcing the first five kids who will win $50,000 scholarships just for getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
The drawing is part of the state's effort to increase turnout for the COVID-19 vaccine. Twenty-five winners aged 12-17 will win $50,000 scholarships, and five Coloradans will win $1 million cash. The first winner of $1 million was announced last Friday, and the drawings will be held weekly through June.
The first winners announced Thursday were:
- Natalie, no last name given - Centennial
- Liam Atkins - Boulder
- Gabriella Sleight - Littleton
- Arianna Garcia - Longmont
- Brett Cheney - Grand Junction
One of the original winners was Thomas of Steamboat Springs, but he said during the news conference that he had a full-ride scholarship available to him, so he made his winning scholarship available to another vaccinated teen.
Polis added that the $50,000 will be in an investment account, so it will grow over time before it's used.
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