Parents and Guardians of 5- To 11-Year-Olds Who Receive Their First Vaccine Dose by December 19 Can Enter Into the Random Drawing Here 

Scholarship Includes Tuition, Room And Board  

10 Winners per Week for Five Weeks with First Winners Announced November 24; Drawing Schedule Available Here 

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced 10 fourth-round winners of New York’s “Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate” vaccine incentive program.

“I am thrilled to announce the next ten young New Yorkers who will be able to receive life-changing education opportunities at any SUNY or CUNY college or university through the ‘Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate’ program,” Governor Hochul said. “As we combat the winter surge in COVID-19 cases it’s important that we stay vigilant in taking the necessary steps to defeat the virus. The vaccine is the most effective tool we have – it’s safe, free, easily accessible, and the best way to keep you and your loved ones safe.”

Parents and guardians of children ages 5 through 11 who receive their first vaccine dose by December 19th can enter the “Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate” incentive program for a chance to win a full scholarship to any two- or four-year SUNY or CUNY college or university for their child. The scholarship includes tuition, room, and board.  

  • Tuition: The full cost of in-state tuition at a New York State or City University. 
  • Non-tuition Costs: Room and board and allowances for books, supplies and transportation up to the average cost at SUNY colleges. 
  • Residence: Students living on campus will receive a higher room and board allowance than commuter students. If housing is not available for 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 student privacy. 

  • Nargis W., Queens County
  • Helen K., Albany County
  • Eleanor W., Erie County
  • Zade M., Putnam County
  • Kiaora R., Wayne County
  • Bryn H., Ontario County
  • Kye C., Schenectady County
  • Hannah C., Richmond County
  • London M., Kings County
  • Kairi R., Kings County

Parents and guardians can enter on behalf of their eligible children here and those without internet access may call 1-833-697-4829 to submit an entry over the phone. New York State will administer the random drawing each week, and winners will be verified by the New York State Department of Health and New York State Higher Education Services Corporation. 

Only one entry per child will be accepted, and children must have received their first COVID-19 vaccination at least one day prior to their entry. Entries will be carried over through all the ‘Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate’ program’s 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 has recently added ready-made materials to support pediatric providers and localities administering the vaccine to children on-the-ground, including new posters and stickers available here

New Yorkers looking to schedule vaccine appointments for 5- to 11-year-old children are encouraged to contact their child’s pediatrician, family physician, county health departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), rural health centers, or pharmacies that may be administering the vaccine for this age group. Parents and guardians can visit vaccines.gov, text their ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find nearby locations. Make sure that the provider offers the Pfizer-BioNTechCOVID-19 vaccine, as the other COVID-19 vaccines are not yet authorized for this age group. At this time, New York State’s mass vaccination sites are currently being utilized for people aged 12 and older, while our #VaxToSchool pop-ups are focused on 12- to 17-year-olds. Additional programming and events focused on 5- to 11-year-olds will be announced soon.