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Westchester student among 10 people who won NY college scholarship as COVID-19 vaccine incentive

As News 12 has reported, kids ages 12 to 17 who get a COVID-19 vaccine between May 27 and July 7 will have a chance to win a full scholarship to a SUNY or CUNY school.

News 12 Staff

Jun 3, 2021, 12:35 AM

Updated 1,116 days ago

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A Westchester student is among 10 people who won a scholarship to a SUNY or CUNY school as a COVID-19 vaccine incentive.
As News 12 has reported, kids ages 12 to 17 who get a COVID-19 vaccine between May 27 and July 7 will have a chance to win a full scholarship to a SUNY or CUNY school.
It includes tuition and room and board.
Liam Burke was the winner from Westchester.
The governor's office said that New York state will administer the random drawing and select 10 winners a week over five weeks for a total of 50 winners. Federal COVID-19 relief and outreach funds will be used to cover the cost of this vaccination incentive program.
While some people on News 12's Facebook page said the incentives are just bribery, others said that free food, ballgame tickets and money toward college could be the nudge to push those on the fence over the edge.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says 45,000 young people have gotten the shot since they announced the vaccine scholarship program - but it's still unclear how many came solely because of this incentive and how many just saw this as an extra perk.


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