New York offers college scholarships in push for teenagers to vaccinate
London, May 27, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that vaccinated kids aged 12 to 17 will have a chance to win a full ride to public universities and colleges in New York.
The state will raffle off 50 scholarships, which would cover four years of tuition, room and board, books and supplies.
Parents with children ages 12 to 17 who get vaccinated can enter their child to win a four-year scholarship to a state college or university.
New York will hold weekly drawings on Wednesday to randomly select 10 winners. Parents or guardians can enter children who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since May 12.
Schools across the country are using mascots, food trucks and prize giveaways to try to get kids vaccinated before school lets out for the summer.
Cuomo said children who get vaccinated earlier will have the best chance at winning. It’s unclear when applications for the lottery will open up, but people can sign up for notifications on a state website.
New York follows other states such as Oregon and Ohio in using a lottery to incentive residents to get vaccinated.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) announced recently that her state is offering five separate scholarships worth $100,000 each.