DENVER — The Colorado Community College System (CCCS), in partnership with Amazon, has announced the “Shot at a Scholarship” program. The Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges will award two full-tuition scholarships of $5,000 along with five $1,000 scholarships at each of the System’s 13 colleges to students who are enrolled and attest to being fully vaccinated by mid-September. In total, CCCS and Amazon will award 67 scholarships to community college students. This includes Trinidad State.
As colleges and universities fully reopen nationwide and students across Colorado return to CCCS campuses, higher education locations can serve as a natural access point for vaccination. Governor Jared Polis helped announce the Shot at a Scholarship program, noting: “The vast majority of Coloradans are doing their part by getting vaccinated and we’re bringing vaccines to communities, workplaces and truly meeting Coloradans where they are at,” said Governor Polis. “It is our shared hope that these new incentives will increase vaccinations and make our college campuses safer. We are leaving no stone unturned, exploring partnerships, providing accurate information and educating Coloradans about safe, free, easy vaccine options.”
“In the midst of challenges brought about by COVID-19, our students have demonstrated their resilience and their commitment to their educational ambitions by persevering in their coursework despite the sudden and unprecedented shift in instructional delivery,” said Joe Garcia, Chancellor of CCCS. “Similarly, our faculty, staff, and administrators have continued to deliver on our mission of serving all Coloradans who seek access to affordable, high-quality education, and who hope to improve their lives and serve their communities.”
Scholarships will be awarded via a drawing and recipients will be recognized as Amazon Scholars. Students may register for the drawing anytime between July 21, 2021 and September 15, 2021, at cccs.edu/shot-at-a-scholarship/. All students who register by the deadline and are enrolled as of September 15th will be entered in the drawing and will be notified by September 20th if they receive a scholarship.
“Since the outset of the pandemic, Amazon has been committed to protecting the health and well-being of our communities by ensuring they have access to COVID-19 education, testing, and vaccinations,” said Brittany Morris Saunders, Amazon’s Denver Senior Manager of External Affairs. “In partnership with CCCS, we can help more students across Colorado get vaccinated and protect our communities. The message is simple: all students should get their shots to protect themselves and their families and to get a shot at a scholarship.”