Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the fourth-round winners of the 'Get A Shot to Make Your Future' incentive for a full scholarship to a SUNY or CUNY school. Winners receive a full scholarship to any New York public college or university, including tuition, room and board, and expenses. New York State will administer the random drawing and select 10 winners a week over five weeks. One drawing remains after this week. Once a 12- to 17-year-old has received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a parent or legal guardian can sign them up for the upcoming drawing here. Federal COVID-19 relief and outreach funds will be used to cover the cost of this vaccination incentive program.
"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."
The fourth-round winners are:
- 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
SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras said, "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."
CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez said, "Congratulations to the latest winners of the 'Get a Shot to Make Your Future" drawing. As more young New Yorkers recognize the importance of getting vaccinated, we move closer to vanquishing the pandemic and accelerating the economic recovery of our State and City. Education will be integral to New York's resurgence, and there has never been a better time to attend a CUNY college and begin building the skills needed to join the region's workforce and help build back better."
New York State Higher Education Services Corporation President Dr. Guillermo Linares said, "Congratulations to this week's winners! It's exciting to watch the list of scholarship winners growing each week, but even more promising to see the number of vaccinated 12-17 year old increase as a result of the Scholarship Incentive. We need to continue to get as many people vaccinated, as quickly as possible, to keep New York's positivity rates low and move New York forward."
The New York State Department of Health and New York State Higher Education Services Corporation have verified the vaccination status of winners.
The winners will receive up to four years of full-time undergraduate study which includes the following components:
- Tuition: An amount equal to tuition at the State or City University of New York's in-state tuition rate.
- Non-tuition Costs: Room and board and allowances for fees, books, supplies and transportation up to the cost-of-attendance at SUNY or CUNY colleges.
More information on where to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, or to schedule an appointment, is available here.