Grants Pass teen among vaccine lotto scholarship winners
A Grants Pass teen is among five six-figure scholarship winners as part of the governor’s “Take Your Shot, Oregon“ vaccine lottery.
Laney Myers, 15, an incoming 10th grader from Grants Pass, was named Thursday by Gov. Kate Brown’s office as one of five Oregon youths who won $100,000 scholarships through the statewide promotion — and the sole Southern Oregonian in the winners’ circle.
Other winners in the campaign open to vaccine eligible minors in Oregon ages 12 to 17 were identified as Joshua Greco, 14, of Damascus; Maya Kolaric, 14, of Portland; Nola Miller, 15, of Portland, and Mia W., 12 of Tigard, according to a release issued by the governor’s office.
In quotes attributed to Myers in the release, Myers said that she got both doses of the vaccine in part because she wanted to do her part to prevent the virus’ spread, but also because she’s exposed to the virus by her parents who work in health care.
Myers said she would’ve taken the vaccine whether or not there was a potential prize.
“I talked to my mom about the scholarship right after I got my second shot,” Myers said in the release. “We talked about what an amazing opportunity that would be for someone, but I never thought I would win.”
The five youths will be invited to the Capitol later this summer to meet the Gov. Brown and State Treasurer Tobias Read.
The Oregon State Treasury will oversee the college savings prizes.
The six figure sum will be placed in Oregon College Saving Plans with the winners’ parents or guardians serving as the account holder and the youths designated as beneficiaries, according to the governor’s office.