Give AK a Shot lottery to award nine, $49,000 scholarship accounts in Alaska 529

Sept. 17, 2021

Give AK a Shot lottery to award nine, $49,000 scholarship accounts in Alaska 529

In case you haven’t heard the news, the Alaska Chamber has launched the “Give AK a Shot” Sweepstakes as a strategy to encourage Alaska residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Prizes will be awarded to newly vaccinated adults and youth. Nine youth winners will receive a $49,000 scholarship account in Alaska 529. Funding for the prizes is provided by the Alaska Chamber through the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act, from the Federal Government.

“We are elated about this partnership. It is a terrific pairing because we both want to see youth attain their future career and education goals AND we want a bright, healthy future for Alaska,” said Lael Oldmixon, Executive Director of Alaska 529. 

Nine adults will also be randomly selected to win $49,000 cash prizes. If a youth winner has a vaccinated parent or guardian, that person will receive an additional $10,000 cash prize. The drawings are happening throughout the months of September and October and all Alaskans who have received the COVID-19 vaccine will qualify for the final drawing. 

The first winners were announced on Thursday, September 16 via Live Stream. A recording can be found on the Alaska Chamber’s Facebook page

Scholarship accounts are not new to Alaska 529. Over the past 20 years, Alaska 529 has partnered with Alaska organizations to fund and award over $1,000,000 in youth scholarships. Those scholarships have helped hundreds of young people pay for their educational pursuits. For this sweepstakes giveaway, the scholarship accounts may be used for trade school, vocational, technical, college, university, and professional degrees at any eligible institution.   

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