The results from a campaign by Pittsburg State University to encourage COVID-19 vaccination among employees and students are in. Of the over 3,000 individuals who are on campus regularly are now vaccinated.
The incentive was announced on Aug. 9 and employees and students had until Sept. 17 to submit proof of vaccination. Incentives are being funded by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.
Approximately 4,480 students who attend class, live, or work on campus were eligible. Of those, 55 percent submitted valid vaccination records. Each will receive a $500 scholarship toward their tuition next semester, or, for those who graduate in December, a $500 refund. Additionally, a drawing will be held this month to pick two students, each of whom be awarded an $8,500 scholarship that will cover their tuition, fees, and room and board for one semester.
Over 80 percent of the approximately 800 eligible employees submitted valid vaccination records. Each will receive a $1,000 incentive. All benefits-earning employees were automatically eligible to earn the incentive.
Vaccinations are still available and free at any time at the Bryant Student Health Center.