Rochester Teen Wins $100K Scholarship in COVID Vaccine Raffle
St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - Rochester teenager is the winner of the second drawing for a prize of a $100,000 college scholarship.
Governor Tim Walz today announced 16-year-old Ben Truax's name was drawn from the thousands of entries submitted by the parents and guardians of Minnesota youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The scholarships were offered as the top prizes for the state's "Kids Deserve a Shot!" Incentive campaign.
“I chose to get vaccinated for a bunch of reasons. First, because my mom works at a hospital, she has educated us on the science,” said Truax. “We have also experienced the loss and tragedy on the flip side for those not getting vaccinated. And getting vaccinated is doing my part to help keep my family and those around us safe.”
With a midnight deadline, today is the final day to submit an entry for the remaining drawings. To be eligible, a person must meet the age requirement and have proof they completed their COVID-19 vaccine series sometime this year.
The winner of the first drawing, which was conducted in late November, was Kaitlyn Knutson of Plymouth. The funding for the incentive program came from federal COVID relief funds.