St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - Registration for a $100,000 Minnesota college scholarship is now open for Minnesota parents whose 5-to-11-year-olds received the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Governor Tim Walz made the announcement today of the next phase of the “Kids Deserve a Shot” vaccine incentive program. The form is open to any Minnesota parent or guardian whose kids have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by April 11th.

On April 15, the State of Minnesota will hold a drawing for the five $100,000 scholarships valid at any public or private non-profit higher educational institution in Minnesota.

“The Minnesota College Scholarship drawing is part of an effort to boost the vaccination rate of Minnesota’s children,'' the Minnesota Department of Health said in a news release. “While Minnesota is a national leader in vaccinating children 5-11 years old, this age group still has the lowest vaccination rate among eligible Minnesotans.”

The college scholarship drawing comes after Minnesota families registered more than 22,000 children to receive a $200 Visa gift card for getting their vaccines between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28.

Minnesotans can learn more about the “Kids Deserve a Shot” program, register for the scholarship drawing, and view official rules here.

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