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Here are the 5 Ohioans who won $100,000 scholarships in the state's Vax-2-School initiative

Five lucky Ohioans have each won a $100,000 scholarship through the state's Vax-2-School program.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Editor's note: The video in the player above is from a previously published, related story.

Five young Ohioans have each just won $100,000 that will go toward helping them pay for an education. 

On Friday night, the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Lottery announced the names of the final five winners of the state's Vax-2-School Initiative for anyone aged 5-25. 

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Here are the names of the lucky five $100,000 winners: 

  • Jacob Peters, Conover
  • Avery Lagory, Cleves
  • Audrey Bird, Brecksville
  • Widneslmon Miller, Delphos
  • Rinoa Chech, Canton

The Friday night announcement capped off a week's worth of prize giveaways totaling $2 million, including 150, $10,000 scholarships which were announced throughout this week. 

The Ohio Vax-2-School prize scholarships are awarded in Ohio 529 College Advantage plans, and can be used at the Ohio college, university, technical/trade school, or career program of the winner’s choice.

"Although children are less likely than adults to get severely ill from COVID-19, they become sick – even seriously ill, and can suffer lasting complications from the virus, or even death. As of Nov. 17, nearly 220,000 children have contracted COVID-19, and 16 Ohio residents under age 18 have died," a release from the Ohio Department of Health said at the time of the program's announcement.

The Ohio Department of Health has yet to release data on just how many Ohioans entered the contest, but as of Friday, December 3, more than 6,794,000 in the Buckeye State have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

You can watch the full Friday night announcement in the player below: 


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