Vaccinated Kentuckians could win $1 million or a full-ride scholarship, Gov. Beshear announces

New incentives for Kentuckians who receive the COVID-19 vaccine were announced Friday by Gov. Andy Beshear.

Three Kentuckians will win $1 million and 15 full-ride scholarships to a public college, university or technical school in Kentucky will be awarded during three drawings in July and August.

Eligibility for the $1 million includes Kentuckians 18 and older who have received at least their first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or who have received the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.   Those ages 12-17 can enter for the scholarships after their first dose of Pfizer. 

Drawings will be held on July 1, July 29 and Aug. 26, with winners announced the following day. Winners will be announced the following day.

Beshear noted to date, more than 2 million Kentuckians have received the COVID vaccine and stated more individuals need to be vaccinated so all citizens can be clear of the threat posed by the virus.

Vaccinated Kentuckians can enter at

In response to the announcement Friday, Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Ashli Watts released the following statement:

“The Chamber thinks this is a very innovative way to encourage Kentuckians to get vaccinated. As business reopens and positivity rates go down, we know vaccines work and are the key to getting our economy back on track and keeping everyone healthy.”

Watch the announcement from Gov. Beshear here:

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