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CCU announces first four Vax to the Max scholarship winners

September 24, 2021
Makayla McElhaney, Jaclyn Catalano, Kathryn Rossi, and Vincent Petitti were chosen as the first four $2,500 scholarship winners as part of the Vax to the Max COVID-19 vaccination incentives program.James Solazzo, vice president for student success, enrollment management, and student affairs, announced the first scholarship winners with help from Chauncey.

Coastal Carolina University awarded its first four $2,500 scholarships as part of its Vax to the Max COVID-19 vaccination incentives program. More than 3,300 CCU students have already uploaded their vaccination records to be eligible for weekly drawings.

This week’s winners are Jaclyn Catalano, Makayla McElhaney, Vincent Petitti, and Kathryn Rossi. Catalano is a sophomore hospitality, resort, and tourism management major from Houston, Texas; McElhaney is a senior biology major from Goose Creek, S.C; Petitti is a sophomore physical education major from Wynantskill, N.Y.; and Rossi is a freshman theatre arts major from Whitefish, Mont.

The Vax to the Max incentives program will award four $2,500 scholarships each week for 10 weeks in Fall 2021 and 10 weeks in Spring 2022; and two Grand Prize Scholarships – full tuition, room, and board for one semester at CCU. Numbers are drawn each Wednesday, and the names of winners will be announced every Friday. The Vax to the Max accountability team, which consists of two students plus faculty and staff representatives, oversees the drawings.

The incentives program is being supported by the University’s allotted CARES Act funds.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will be hosting two COVID-19 vaccination clinics on campus in conjunction with CCU. The events will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Singleton Building Ballroom on Oct. 1 and Oct. 11. No appointment is required for the DHEC events. Students who would like to get vaccinated at CCU’s Student Health Services are asked to make an appointment online or call SHS at 843-349-6543. Students who have been fully vaccinated at SHS are automatically entered into future drawings.

Students who are already fully vaccinated are also eligible to participate in the vaccination incentives program. They can upload their vaccination card/document online or email it to

All South Carolinians age 12 and older can now get the COVID-19 vaccine for free. To find an off-campus vaccine provider, visit DHEC’s Vax Locator page.

The below video highlights this week's winners.