Winners Receive a Full Scholarship to a SUNY or CUNY College or University
All Vaccinated 12 to 17-Year-Olds in New York State Eligible for Incentive; Three More Drawings Over the Coming Weeks
Sign Up for Upcoming Drawings Here
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the second-round winners of the 'Get A Shot to Make Your Future' incentive for a full scholarship to a SUNY or CUNY school. Winners receive a full scholarship to any New York public college or university, including tuition and room and board. New York State will administer the random drawing and select 10 winners a week over five weeks. Three drawings remain after this week. Once a 12- to 17-year-old has received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a parent or legal guardian can sign them up for upcoming drawings here. Federal COVID-19 relief and outreach funds will be used to cover the cost of this vaccination incentive program.
"The key to New York's recovery, rebirth, and revitalization is getting as many eligible New Yorkers vaccinated as quickly as possible," Governor Cuomo said. "We're working hard and getting creative to put shots in arms, and we're targeting our efforts at groups of people with lower vaccination rates, especially young adults age 12-17, who have the lowest vaccination rate of any age group in the state. Our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win a free ride to any public college or university in the state, an approximately $100,000 value, is proof that the vaccine won't just make you safer—it very well might make your future, too. Congratulations to the 10 winners announced today, and good luck to the kids and parents eagerly awaiting next week's drawing."
The second-round winners are:
- Ella Campbell, Erie County, NY
- Emily Ghim, Queens, NY
- Jayce Leclere, Westchester County, NY
- Reed Livoti, Westchester County, NY
- Natalia Low, Suffolk County, NY
- Liam Murphy, New York, NY
- Carrie Ng, Brooklyn, NY
- Jack Szydlo, Monroe County, NY
- Jasmine Thalon, Nassau County, NY
- Isabella Wolcott, Steuben County, NY
SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras said, "Incentivizing younger hesitant individuals to get vaccinated will help us return to more normalcy — and to that end we all win. My congratulations to today's scholarships recipients and future SUNY college students. They will be getting a world class education that will put them on the path to prosperity."
CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez said: "As an increasing number of young New Yorkers receive the COVID-19 vaccine, we draw closer to achieving our goal of vanquishing the pandemic and accelerating the economic recovery of our State and City. Education is integral to that resurgence, and there has never been a better time to attend a CUNY college, to begin building the skills and professional development necessary to join the region’s workforce. Congratulations to the most recent winners of the ‘Get a Shot to Make your Future’ drawing. They are doing their part to help speed the recovery, and we welcome them to CUNY.”
New York State Higher Education Services Corporation President Dr. Guillermo Linares said, "Congratulations to this week's winners in the 'Get a Shot to Make your Future' Vaccine Incentive Scholarship drawing! It is exciting to see the rise in the number of young New Yorkers who are encouraged to get vaccinated for a chance to attend college for free and equally exciting to see the enthusiasm as winners are announced each week. Increasing the number of young people who are vaccinated will lesson the risk for everyone and allow teens to safely return to their normal activities, just in time for summer."
First-round winners hail from Albany, Bronx, Clinton, Monroe, Nassau, Onondaga, Ontario, Queens and Westchester counties.
The New York State Department of Health and New York State Higher Education Services Corporation has verified the vaccination status of winners.
The winners will receive up to four years of full-time undergraduate study which includes the following components:
- Tuition: An amount equal to tuition at the State or City University of New York's in-state tuition rate.
- Non-tuition Costs: Room and board and allowances for fees, books, supplies and transportation up to the cost-of-attendance at SUNY or CUNY colleges.
More information on where to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, or to schedule an appointment, is available here.
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