NEW YORK – Twelve to 17-year-olds in New York could win a full college scholarship just by getting vaccinated for COVID-19.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the new effort as part of his “Get a Shot to Make Your Future” incentive on Wednesday.
“You’re planning on going to college. You are wondering about how you’re going to pay for it. This is a full four-year scholarship to a SUNY school, to a CUNY school, to a community college, then moving on to a four-year program,” explained Cuomo.
This comes at a time where daily vaccinations in the State of New York have decreased by 47 percent.
“We’re at 18 million vaccinations, 64 percent, at least one dose, 55 percent fully vaccinated,” said Cuomo. “And that number of vaccinations went straight up then plateaued.”
According to Cuomo, the largest unvaccinated part of the population is young people, and this initiative hopes to change that.
Starting today and going until July 7, any 12 to 17-year-old who gets the shot will be put into a raffle, and then every Wednesday, 10 students will be randomly selected for a four-year scholarship.
“For parents, you’re worried about paying college tuition, tell your 12- to 17-year-old, go out, get a shot, it protects the family, protects the 12- to 17-year-old, and they are then eligible for a raffle,” furthered Cuomo.
In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must get the vaccine then sign up for the raffle on the state’s website.