Guidance On Vaccination Scholarship Recipients

Dear Colleagues,

Please find a copy of the Prize Agreement for the NYS Vaccine Scholarship Incentive Program that has been sent to all selected winners of the contest.  Please note that recipients will have a prize agreement corresponding to the scholarship contest they won. For 5–11-year-old participants, the contest was named "Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate Vaccine Incentive," while for children aged 12-17, it was called "Get a Shot to Make your Future Vaccine Incentive." Despite the contest titles, the information contained in the two prize agreements remain the same.

Please share this information with your financial aid, bursars, and admissions offices to ensure that award recipients receive the benefits they are eligible.   

Scholarship Recipients

A list of the 100 winners can be found by logging into your HESC account, ≥ select the G&S Tab ≥ click Download Vaccine Scholarship Winners ≥ and open the excel spreadsheet in your downloads.  

Please refer to the screenshot below.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • The Scholarship award will equal: (i) the tuition charged to state resident students attending the institution; (ii) the mandatory fees charged at such institution; and (iii) the non-tuition cost of attendance at such institution and cannot not exceed the total cost of attendance determined for federal Title IV student financial aid purposes.
  • Scholarship recipients will receive an award for four academic years of full-time undergraduate study or five academic years if enrolled in an opportunity program or a program of study that normally requires five years, excluding any allowable interruption of study.
  • Students have until the age of 30 to use their award. Any remaining funds will be forfeited after the age of 30.
  • Schools must ensure that a student maintains their eligibility for payment of an award as outlined in Sections B:1 of the Prize Agreement.

Interruptions of Study
Students must be matriculated and remain continuously enrolled in a full-time degree program unless a request for a leave of absence or part time study, as outlined in Section E, is approved by the institution.

Scholarship Payments
While New York State officials work to finalize the payment structure to schools, we are asking schools to waive fees, deposits and other costs normally covered by a New York State cost of attendance scholarship until further details of the payment structure are available. 

HESC will notify all schools as more information becomes available regarding the payment process for the Vaccination Scholarship. In the interim, if you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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