Today, Governor Kathy Hochhol announced the 10 winners of the second round of the Vaccine, Educate, Graduate program in New York.
“Through the Immunize, Educate, Graduate program, ten more young New Yorkers will be able to receive life-changing educational opportunities at any SUNY or SUNY college or university,” Governor Hochul . said. “As the holiday season approaches and the risks of transmission increase, it is critical that we remain vigilant. A vaccine is the surest way to keep you and your loved ones safe – it’s free, easily accessible, and most importantly, it’s safe for five people – up to age 11.”
Parents and guardians of children aged 5-11 who receive their first dose of vaccine by December 19th can apply to the “Vaccinate, educate, graduate” incentive program for a chance to win a full scholarship to any SUNY or City University college New York for two or four years or university for their children. The scholarship includes tuition, room, and board.
- lecture: The full cost of in-state tuition at New York State or City University.
- Non-tuition costs: Room, board, and allowances for books, supplies, and transportation up to the average cost at SUNY colleges.
- residence: Students who live on campus will receive a higher room and a higher accommodation allowance than mobile students. If housing is not available to students on campus, they will receive the same allowance as students living on campus.
Below is the list of winners. Other identifying information is not available to protect the privacy of the student.
- Santiago K. , Kings County
- Naomi F, Schenectady County
- Michael J, Queens County
- Baruch W, Westchester County
- Adalynn V., Onondaga County
- Kira H, Rockland County
- Michael J, Fulton County
- Griffin R. , Monroe County
- Theodore F, Queens County
- Sophia S., Chemung County
New York City Councilor Felix F. Matos Rodriguez“Congratulations to the second round of “vaccinate, educate, graduate” winners to protect them from COVID-19 and have an impactful, high-value education at CUNY awaits them now. We thank Governor Hochul for conveying the importance of vaccinating our children and we commend parents and guardians at all across New York for taking this critical step to protect their children, and urging others to do the same.”
State University of New York chancellor, Jim Malatras saidWe have to do everything we can to end this pandemic, and vaccines remain the best and safest way to do that. I thank Governor Hochul for her leadership in continuing to protect New Yorkers from this virus. I congratulate the winners of the second round of the Stimulus Vaccination Program and alumni education and scholarships for alumni vaccine who will now have the opportunity to attend SUNY’s world-class classes for free while they do their part to protect themselves and their families.”
Guillermo Linares, President of New York State Higher Education Services, said:Congratulations to the Weekly Vaccine & Education Competition winners and alumni of the Vaccine Incentive Scholarship! This program helps motivate parents of students aged 5-11 to get vaccinated, protect themselves, their families and friends, and help make their school campus safe against the coronavirus. I encourage everyone Eligible to vaccinate and help prevent its spread.”
Parents and guardians can enter on behalf of their eligible children here, and those without an Internet connection can call 1-833-697-4829 to submit an entry by phone. New York State will run a random drawing each week, and winners will be verified by the New York State Department of Health and New York State Higher Education Services.
Only one entry per child will be accepted, and children must have received their first COVID-19 vaccination at least one day prior to admission. Entries will be carried over through all of the ‘Immunization, Education, Graduation’ program drawings. Additional information is available in the official rules.
Parents and guardians are also encouraged to visit the state’s new website, for information, frequently asked questions, and new resources about the COVID-19 vaccine and children. The state recently added ready-made materials to support child service providers and localities vaccinating children on the ground, including new posters and posters available here.
New Yorkers looking to schedule vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11 are encouraged to contact their pediatrician, family doctor, county health departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), rural health centers, or pharmacies that may administer a vaccine for this category age. Parents and guardians can visit Vacines.gov, send their zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find nearby locations. Make sure your provider offers the Pfizer-BioNTechCOVID-19 vaccine, as other COVID-19 vaccines are not yet approved for this age group. At this time, mass vaccination sites in New York State are currently being used for people 12 and older, while the #VaxToSchool pop-ups focus on children ages 12-17. Additional programs and events focused on children ages 5-11 will be announced soon.