First winners of WKU vaccine incentive contest announced

Photo courtesy of WKU News.

Photo courtesy of WKU News.

Debra Murray, Digital News Editor

The winners for the first week of the WKU vaccine incentive contest were announced today. Two students and two employees won prizes, including the cost of tuition for one student.

Each week through the beginning of October, WKU will select a total of 26 vaccinated employees and 40 vaccinated students to receive prizes, including full tuition scholarships, iPad Pros and $1,000 checks. 

Laurel Beckley, a pre-nursing transfer student from Bowling Green won a full tuition scholarship. Nena Howard, an interior design and fashion merchandising major from Bowling Green, won a $500 book scholarship. Andria Henry, an office associate in the Gordon Ford College of Business and Dr. Ritchie Taylor, a public health professor, both won $1,000.

WKU selected the first group of winners last week, and individuals had 72 hours to verify their vaccination status. 

“We’re glad to be able to reward people for doing the right thing,” Jace Lux, director of media relations said in a WKU News press release. “We know that the vaccine is the best way to prevent the spread of the virus and to prevent serious illness if contracted, and having reliable data about WKU’s overall vaccination status helps guide our Task Force as it makes decisions to keep all of us safe.” 

Digital News Editor Debra Murray can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @debramurrayy