WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University on Friday announced the first winner of what it's calling the "Old Golden Ticket" — one year of tuition for ten randomly selected students who go the COVID-19 vaccine.
Quentin Betts, a freshman studying finance, was surprised with the scholarship outside Hovde Hall.
"We met outside my class, pre-calc, and she was walking me over here and I see all these cameras and ... a bunch of people, bunch of my friends clapping me on, 'Yeah, you won,'" Betts says. "I was like, 'Wait, what happened?' Then I walk in there, they say, 'You won the scholarship.' I was like, 'Oh yeah.' I was happy.>
Betts is a recent graduate of the Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis.
He says he got the vaccine after weighing the benefits and the costs but had forgotten he entered the drawing for free tuition.
"I forgot I did it," he says. "It was like the week before I came here, my mom introduced it to me. She said I should apply for it. I was like, 'Sure, why not?' and I just did it ... but no, I didn't really expect I would win. I didn't really know until I walked over here."
Purdue will announce the rest of the winners between now and July 29th.
Officials will surprise the students on campus or drive the Boilermaker Express to their home if they live within 300 miles of the West Lafayette campus.