Rochester student wins $100,000 Minnesota College Scholarship

Ben Traux
Ben Traux(KTTC)
Published: Dec. 13, 2021 at 10:23 AM CST
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – A teenager from Rochester is the winner of the second $100,000 Minnesota college scholarship drawing for the ‘Kids Deserve a Shot’ campaign.

Ben Truax, 16, got vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect himself, his family, and his community after experiencing the tragedy of losing loved ones to the virus who did not get vaccinated.

“Getting vaccinated is doing my part to help keep my family and those around us safe,” Truax said.

Another reason he got vaccinated is because his mother works in a hospital and is currently serving a floor that has been converted to treat COVID patients.

“Congratulations to Ben for being our second ‘Kids Deserve a Shot’ campaign winner and receiving a $100,000 scholarship for college,” said Governor Walz. “Ben’s story is all too familiar for many Minnesotans who have lost unvaccinated loved ones to this deadly virus. I am proud of Ben for doing his part to fight this pandemic and protect himself, his family, and his community by getting fully vaccinated.”

Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan also congratulated Truax. She said, “I am so grateful for Minnesota teens like Ben who are doing their part to protect their community by getting fully vaccinated. I also know the personal tragedy of losing loved ones to this deadly virus, and know the best thing we can do for our loved ones is to take advantage of these safe and effective vaccines.”

As part of the campaign, all Minnesotans 12 to 17 years old who have completed their COVID-19 vaccine series have a chance to win.

Monday, December 13 is the last day to enter for the third and final scholarship drawing. Submissions must be sent by 11:59 p.m. to be eligible. The final prize drawing is Friday, December 17.

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