Sixty-four Adams County high school students were awarded scholarships totaling more than $1 million on Wednesday, May 24, through the Adams County Scholarship Fund. Adams County Commissioners introduced the Scholarship Fund in 2016 in partnership with the Colorado Department of Higher Education's Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative.
“It is our great pleasure to see these well-deserving students receive scholarships that will enable them to continue their educations,” said Eva J. Henry, Board of Commissioners chair. “These scholarships will allow these students to continue their academic excellence and alleviate some of the worries of paying for college.”
The scholarships were funded with the voter-approved three percent sales tax on retail marijuana sales in the county. In addition, the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative matched the sales tax funds to increase the scholarship pool.
High-achieving students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program were eligible to apply for one of the scholarships.
The Board of Commissioners identified Adams County Education Consortium (ACEC) as the fiscal agent for the Adams County Scholarship Fund. ACEC works directly with county school districts or school district foundations. Those include Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Adams 14 Education Foundation, School District 27J Education Foundation, Mapleton District 1 Education Foundation, Westminster District 50 Education Foundation, Strasburg School District 31J, and Bennett School District 29J.
Adams 12 Five Star Schools
Adams County School District 14
Bennett School District 29J
Mapleton Public Schools
School District 27J
Strasburg School District 31J
Westminster Public Schools