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D.C. 9th Grader Wins $25K College Scholarship for Getting COVID Vaccine

Travanna Lewis, a ninth grader at Digital Pioneers Academy in D.C., became the first recipient of a $25,000 college scholarship through the city’s Take the Shot DC program for getting a COVID-19 vaccination.

Travanna is the first of eight scholarship recipients of the program, WTOP reported. All children ages 12-17 who received the coronavirus vaccine are entered into the random drawing for the scholarship.

About 58% of D.C. residents who are 12-15 years old have received at least one dose of the vaccine, a little more than percent of 16- and 17-year-olds, WTOP reported.

Travanna’s mother, Wendy Lewis, said she was excited about her daughter receiving the scholarship.

“I actually was unaware of the scholarship,” Lewis said, WTOP reported. “I’m very fortunate to have received this opportunity for her — I’m very proud of her.”

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