WKU announces vaccination incentive contest


Jack Dobbs

WKU President Timothy Caboni held a Q & A session with WKU’s staff senate on Tuesday, June 1. Items discussed in the session included the budget, campus changes for the fall semester surrounding COVID-19 and removal of the distance learning fee.

Genesis Malone, Staff Reporter

WKU’s Environmental Health & Safety office announced on Friday a COVID-19 vaccination contest for the faculty and students of Western Kentucky University. 

According to David Oliver, director of Environmental Health & Safety, prizes include full time in-state tuition scholarships totaling to $5,496, $500 book scholarships and 11” iPad Pros. 

Students must be enrolled full-time for the Fall 2021 semester to be eligible to win the scholarship. Individuals who have already paid for the Fall 2021 semester will have the amount credited to their student account.  

Although WKU is not requiring campus-wide vaccination, all individuals who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are eligible and must complete the Vaccination Status Reporting Form before the week of Aug. 30 when the drawing begins. 

The contest will continue for five weeks, with a winner picked on Fridays until Oct. 1. 

Contestants may still be awarded a prize even if the second dose of the vaccine has not been completed but those who skip the second dose of the vaccine will not be eligible. Members of the Council of Academic Deans, President’s Cabinet and the WKU COVID-19 task force will not be eligible to win.  

Staff Reporter Genesis Malone can be reached at [email protected].