Ohio Vax-2-School program now offering $2M in scholarships

Published: Oct. 1, 2021 at 9:59 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2021 at 10:00 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WXIX) - Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Lottery officials announced Friday that they have doubled the scholarship amount in the “Vax-2-School” program to $2 million.

Vaccinated Ohioans ages 12-25 can enter a drawing to win one of five $100,000 grand prize scholarships or 150, $10,000 scholarships.

The scholarships, awarded in Ohio 529 College Advantage Plans, can be used at the Ohio college, university, technical/trade school, or career program of the winner’s choosing.

Pending FDA authorization of vaccinations for ages 5 to 11, the scholarships will also include that age bracket.

Last week, Gov. Mike DeWine announced the “Vax-2-School” program that detailed the vaccination incentives.

Beginning Oct. 4, Ohioans ages 12 to 25 who have received at least their first dose can visit or call 1-833-427-5634 to enter the drawing.

Individuals who entered, but did not win, Ohio’s Vax-A-Million drawings are eligible, but they must enter the Vax-2-School program because entries do not carry over.

The Ohio Department of Health is using a portion of its Coronavirus Relief Fund to find the initiative.

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