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58 Blugolds win scholarships through vaccine incentive campaigns

Photo caption: UW-Eau Claire, which currently has almost 83% of students vaccinated, reached the 70% milestone on Sept. 15. By surpassing the goal, eight $7,000 scholarships were awarded to UW-Eau Claire students.

Fifty-eight University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students were awarded a total of $106,000 in scholarships thanks to the UW System’s 70 for 70 vaccine incentive campaign and UW-Eau Claire’s Vax Games 2021 campaign.

The 58 students’ names were randomly selected from the more than 7,700 students who were vaccinated and uploaded their record this semester before the Oct. 31 deadline.

UW System’s 70 for 70 campaign set a goal for each university in the system to have 70% of students vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of October. UW-Eau Claire, which currently has almost 83% of students vaccinated, reached the 70% milestone on Sept. 15. By surpassing the goal, eight $7,000 scholarships were awarded to UW-Eau Claire students.

“I got vaccinated just to protect myself, my family, my friends, the community campus,” said Mobeen Abdrabbo, a UW-Eau Claire senior who won a 70 for 70 scholarship.

The Vax Games 2021 campaign was UW-Eau Claire’s campus-specific vaccine campaign this fall. Weekly prizes valued at $40,000 were awarded to close to 200 vaccinated students during the campaign. The UW-Eau Claire Foundation purchased iPads, Apple Watches and gift cards that were awarded to the students whose names were randomly drawn from the database of students who uploaded their vaccine records. Student organizations that had 70% of their members vaccinated also were eligible to win a $200 cash award.

In addition, UW-Eau Claire awarded 50 $1,000 scholarships to 50 students whose names were randomly selected from the vaccine database.

“I am so proud of our students,” UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt said. “From the very beginning, we let our students know they would determine our ability to stay healthy and stay together on campus this semester. They chose to get vaccinated, they put their health and wellbeing first, and that has helped us have a successful fall semester.”