REVERE (WBZ NewsRadio) – The city of Revere has announced a city-wide lottery for fully vaccinated residents. In the “Shot at a Healthy Future Scholarship” program, residents have the chance to win one of five $10,000 scholarships.
Three of the scholarships will go directly to youth winners between 12 to 20 years old, with the other two going to adult winners who will then award the prize to a Revere youth of their choice.
As of June 17, 56% of Revere residents are fully vaccinated and 65% have at least one dose. The positivity rate has fallen to 0.6%.
“As more residents get vaccinated, our rates of COVID infections decreases – making our entire city a healthier environment for all,” Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo said in a press release.
Arrigo hopes the scholarship will incentivize more residents to get vaccinated by rewarding those who already did. The mayor also said the city is looking forward to giving Revere’s youth the opportunity to further their education.
“This is such an exciting and forward-thinking opportunity for the youth of Revere,” Revere Public Schools superintendent Dr. Dianne Kelly said. “While the vaccine offers physical heath, the scholarship offers the financial health that makes colleges more accessible for families.”
The “Shot at a Healthy Future Scholarship” program is funded by the Raise Up Revere Fund, which Arrigo established in April of 2020. The fund works in partnership with United Way of Massachusetts and Merrimack Valley to assist businesses and households most impacted by the pandemic.
Bob Giannino, president and CEO of the organization, said their partnership with Raise Up Revere has been focused on responding to COVID-relief efforts since its formation.
“This simultaneous investment in improving public health and advancing economic opportunity raises up the importance of ensuring an equitable recovery for individuals and communities impacts by the crisis,” Giannino said. “We applaud Mayor Arrigo for his creativity and recognition of the strong links between education, health and financial wellbeing.”
The winners’ funds are being held in a savings account at Metro Credit Union and are intended to be paid to an accredited university, college, community college or trade school. All decisions for lottery eligibility and winners are final.
The deadline for submissions will be July 30 and the lottery will be held on Aug. 30. The city of Revere will verify all submissions and vaccination status. Click here for more information about the scholarship.