Kids who get vaccinated could win one of 25 $50K scholarships

A COVID-19 vaccination now could mean money for college later under a program rolled out in Colorado.

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The program isn’t just for high school students either. The “Colorado Comeback Cash Scholarship” lottery will allow any student from the age of 12 to 17 to enter the lottery with winners having the money deposited into a Colorado CollegeInvest 529 savings account, KMGH reported.

Five winners will be drawn on Monday and announced the following Friday, with each group of five winners announced weekly through July 9.

In total, 25 students, all of whom must be residents of Colorado, will walk away with $50,000 each to pay for future education, the Fort Collins Coloradoan reported.

The money will be used for expenses and tuition at two- and four-year colleges and universities both in and out of Colorado, as well as occupational and trade schools, KMGH reported.

Any student who gets their first vaccine this week will be automatically entered for the lottery.

So far Gov. Jared Polis said that about a quarter of students have been vaccinated as of June 2, the Coloradoan reported.

Colorado is also giving $1 million each to five lucky Colorado residents 18 and older who have gotten at least one dose. The first winner will be announced Friday.

The money is coming from federal programs that were designed to promote and advertise the coronavirus vaccine initiatives.

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