Arapahoe County seeks nominations for students overcoming the odds 

Commissioners and Mayors Youth Awards provide scholarships to area students 

The Arapahoe County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards (ACMCYA) nomination process has opened. ACMCYA recognizes teenagers who have overcome obstacles and risen to challenges life has presented. This award is unique because it encompasses youth who live and attend school in Arapahoe County within traditional classroom settings, group homes, alternative schools, and emancipated youth. 

Applications may be submitted by a teacher/counselor/school administrator who

is not related to the youth. The nominator must provide details on why the student should be considered for the award, including, ways in which the student has helped their community and how they have overcome challenges. Nominators will need to attach a student-written 3-paragraph essay describing what they have learned from overcoming challenges, plans for their future and what they hope to accomplish in the years ahead.

A committee comprised of county elected officials (commissioners and mayors.) review applications and make recommendations for awards and scholarships based on the student’s desire to rise above adversity, determination to create positive change within their environment, and the positive contributions and service to their communities and families.

Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors who have overcome adversity and wish to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities at vocational, two- or four-year schools. Scholarship amounts and the number of scholarships awarded are determined on a year-by-year basis. 

Who: Graduating seniors who have overcome adversity and wish to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities at vocational, two- or four-year schools. 

What: Arapahoe County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards (ACMCYA) 

When: Submissions must be completed by Friday, March 8, 2024 at 5 p.m. 

Where: Youth Awards (arapahoeco.gov)