Maryland to award $1 million in college scholarships to vaccinated teens

In Maryland’s latest push to get more young people vaccinated, the state will award a total of $1 million in college scholarships to 20 Marylanders aged 12-17 who get vaccinated, Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Wednesday at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The new “VaxU” lottery initiative will kick off July 12, using the same random number generator that the state used in its $2 million Vax Cash lottery that concluded July 4.

The state will randomly assign numbers to every Marylander aged 12-17 who has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

They will choose 20 winners from July 12 through Sept. 6, Labor Day, and award each winner a $50,000 scholarship or the equivalent of full tuition and fees at a public, in-state institution.

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