State to have college scholarship drawings for 12- to 17-year-olds who get vaccinated

May 26, 2021

Credit Denise Young, WXXI

In an effort to get more young people vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state will be giving away a free college education a week to one New Yorker between the ages of 12 and 17 who agrees to get a dose.

Younger people became eligible for the vaccine later than older people, and they are getting vaccinated at much lower rates.

Cuomo said beginning next week, all 12- to 17-year-olds who agree to get vaccinated at a state site will be eligible for a weekly drawing to receive free tuition and room and board at a public college.

“We will raffle off, on a weekly basis, full tuition, room and board scholarships to any public college or university,” Cuomo said. “For four years.”  

The governor said the names of those vaccinated will remain in the drawing in subsequent weeks. One name will be chosen each week through July 7, for 10 scholarships in total.  

Those who already got at least one dose of the vaccine can join the drawing by applying through the state’s vaccine website.

The offer is the latest in a series of vaccine incentives the state has offered in recent weeks, including free baseball game tickets, a lottery ticket for a $5 million drawing and a two-day pass to a state park.