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August 9, 2021

SVSU offers incentives for students vaccinated against COVID-19

“Your Shot to Win Big” includes drawings for prizes, scholarships

Saginaw Valley State University students who submit their proof of vaccination against COVID-19 can win $1,000 scholarships and other incentives. The university today launched “Your Shot to Win Big,” an incentive campaign for students who are vaccinated against the virus. 

“The most effective action you can take to protect yourself and our campus community against COVID-19 is to get vaccinated,” said Donald Bachand, SVSU president. “Even with the emergence of the Delta variant, the data shows that vaccines continue to be highly effective, particularly in protecting against serious illness, hospitalization and death.”

Survey data shows that more than 70% of SVSU students are vaccinated. Students who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine could win one of five grand prizes of a $1,000 scholarship during the sweepstakes, which will run from August 9 to September 5. There will also be weekly drawings for $100 gift cards for SVSU’s Barnes and Noble bookstore, on-campus dining, and gift cards to local attractions and businesses in the Great Lakes Bay Region.    

To enter the sweepstakes, students should register online at between August 9 and September 5. They must provide proof that they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

SVSU has partnered with Meijer Pharmacy to vaccinate nearly 25,000 individuals since January, including students, faculty, staff and community members. Meijer Pharmacy will hold a back-to-school vaccination event at the Meijer Pharmacy, 3360 Tittabawassee Rd., Saginaw on Sunday, Aug. 29.  

In the fall 2021 semester, 80 percent of SVSU’s undergraduate classes are expected to be taught face-to-face. Face masks are required to be worn in classrooms through September 15.

“Safeguarding the health and well-being of the campus community is and always will be our top priority,” Bachand said. “We will continue to monitor health conditions and public health guidance and adjust our expectations accordingly.”