Arapahoe youth awards nominations now open

County mayors, commissioners seek high school seniors who have overcome personal adversity

Staff report
Posted 1/27/20

High school seniors in Arapahoe County who have overcome personal adversity and created positive change in their lives are eligible for the Arapahoe County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards …

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Arapahoe youth awards nominations now open

County mayors, commissioners seek high school seniors who have overcome personal adversity

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High school seniors in Arapahoe County who have overcome personal adversity and created positive change in their lives are eligible for the Arapahoe County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards program.

The group of local leaders works with the Arapahoe County Foundation and outside sponsors to award the one-time scholarships. Students are free to use the scholarships at vocational, two-year or four-year colleges in the 2020-21 or 2021-22 academic years as long as they've enrolled before the end of 2020.

Students must live and attend school in Arapahoe County, but their education can be in a nontraditional 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 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,” Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Jackson said in a news release. “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 5 p.m. Friday, Feb 28. Forms should be emailed to lcannon@arapahoegov.com. For information, visit the Arapahoe County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards page on Arapahoegov.com.

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