5 in Miami Valley win $10K Vax-2-School scholarships in 3rd round

State is giving away 30 $10,000 scholarships each day this week, plus five $100,000 scholarships on Friday.

Five winners from the local region won $10,000 scholarships in the third round of the state’s Vax-2-School scholarship program. The state closed registration for the $100,000 scholarship drawing at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday night.

Winners announced Wednesday include Katelyn Schreiner of Dayton, Cody Ratermann of Clayton, Andrew Keck of Hamilton and Thomas Ratliff of Liberty Twp. in Butler County and Eleanor Bohlen of Morrow in Warren County.

To register for Vax-2-School, Ohioans or their guardians can visit https://ohiovax2school.com/ or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). To find a vaccine provider, visit https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/.

Vax-2-School is a vaccine incentive program aimed at increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates among younger Ohioans. The state is awarding $2 million in scholarships to Ohioans 5 to 25 who have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Five people will win $100,000 scholarships and 150 will win $10,000. The scholarships can be used at any college, university, trade school, technical program or job training program in the state.

Thirty winners of the $10,000 scholarships will be announced each day through Friday. The winners of the $100,000 scholarships will be announced at 7:29 p.m. Friday during the Ohio Lottery broadcast.

Stephen Berent of Beavercreek, Zoe Helmick of Englewood and Jonathan Lewis of Troy were among 30 winners of the $10,000 scholarships announced at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday on Twitter and Instagram at @ohiovax2school and at https://ohiovax2school.com/.

The first 30 Vax-2-School $10,000 scholarship winners were announced Monday. The six winners from the region included Mitchell Link of Jamestown in Greene County; Lessah Lemaster of Enon in Clark County; Madison Cooke of Maineville in Warren County; plus three from West Chester Twp. in Butler County — Alena McCain, Martin Philip and Katrina Whitmore.

Winners are selected using a random generator number, the same as the state used in the Vax-a-Million incentive.

Those who were not selected in the first two drawings will automatically be carried over into the following drawings. People who were previously vaccinated are eligible to win.

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