ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. — A teenager from Erie County is set to receive a full scholarship to any New York public college or university through New York State's 'Get a Shot to Make Your Future' incentive.
Those ages 12 to 17 years old who receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are eligible to win a full scholarship to a SUNY or CUNY college or university, including tuition, as well as room and board. Ten winners are selected at random each week over a five week period.
When a teenager receives their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a parent or guardian can then sign them up for the remaining drawings. You can sign up for the incentive by clicking here. At this time, one more drawing remains.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the fourth-round winners of the incentive on Wednesday. The 10 winners were selected through a random drawing.
Here are the names of the latest winners:
- Madeline Nokland, Orange County
- Tejveer Singh, Suffolk County
- Isabella Weber, Suffolk County
- Audrey Park, Saratoga County
- Samantha Spadaro, Dutchess County
- Brett Montevecchio, Monroe County
- Ford Morrison, Erie County
- Emilio Nabli Brau, Brooklyn
- Gabrielle Fledderman, Tioga County
- Ivy Bloomfield, Brooklyn
"New York is pulling out all the stops to get New Yorkers vaccinated, and a free SUNY or CUNY scholarship is one of the most exciting incentives to get even more shots in arms across the state," Governor Cuomo said.
"The winners from this round will receive a potentially life-changing opportunity to get a free college education, while at the same time protecting their families and their communities by getting vaccinated against COVID-19. We thank all of the young New Yorkers who have stepped up and taken the vaccine, and I encourage other unvaccinated New Yorkers who are 12 to 17 years of age to do the same."
Information on where to get a COVID-19 vaccine or to schedule an appointment can be found here.
SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras added, "We must continue to urge our younger populations to see the benefits of getting vaccinated to get closer to return to normalcy throughout New York and across our campuses. This 'Get A Shot to Make Your Future' initiative continues to be a great way to help us achieve this reachable goal. I congratulate the fourth-round winners on receiving a scholarship, and we welcome them to the SUNY family and the many opportunities they will have for a high-quality education and future success."