5 Oregon students win 100K scholarships in vaccine lottery

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Five Oregon students have won $100,000 scholarships through the “Take Your Shot, Oregon” drawing, Governor Kate Brown announced Thursday.

The scholarships, to be placed in Oregon College Savings Plan accounts, went to the following winners:

Joshua Greco, 14, Damascus, entering 9th grade
Maya Kolaric, 14, Portland, entering 9th grade
Nola Miller, 15, Portland, entering 10th grade
Laney Myers, 15, Grants Pass, entering 10th grade
Mia W., 12, Tigard, entering 7th grade

Winner Laney Myers said she got the COVID vaccine out of concern for family members.

“I got the vaccines to be better protected against COVID because I’m exposed by my parents who work in health care and I also want to help prevent spread in my community,” she said. 

Scholarships prizes were given jointly from the Governor’s Office, the Oregon State Treasury, the Oregon College Savings Plan, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Oregon Lottery.

The money can be used at trade schools, public and private colleges and universities, community college, and apprenticeships.

“I’m incredibly grateful for our scholarship winners, and all the young Oregonians who took their shot to get vaccinated and protect themselves and their families from COVID-19,” said Governor Kate Brown.

“If you have been waiting to get vaccinated and still have questions, call your family doctor or health care provider and get your questions answered today.”

Some of the winners will join State Treasurer Tobias Read in a social media video to talk about vaccinations and the Oregon College Savings Plan.

“I am excited about the education and job training opportunities these Oregon College Savings Plan scholarships offer to our five winners,” said Treasurer Read.

“This is a win-win: these students made a wise investment to get vaccinated, to protect themselves and others, and Oregon made a very wise investment in their education and career goals.”

The scholarship winners will be invited to the Capitol to meet with Governor Brown and Treasurer Read later this summer.

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