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Bobcats Get Vaxxed Incentive Program: Beat the Deadline

Bobcats Get Vaxxed - Ohio University strongly encourages faculty, staff, and students to get vaccinated

Beat the Deadline

Ohio University requires that every student, faculty, and staff member be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 15, 2021. With the surge in cases we are seeing on our campuses, in Ohio, and across the nation, we all need to be vigilant and do what we can to help stop the spread of disease.   
 
That’s why OHIO COVID Operations has created a new incentive program to help our community reach this goal even sooner. Ohio University is offering incentives for newly vaccinated students, faculty, and staff who beat the November 15 deadline. 

Read on to see if you are eligible for cash prizes, scholarships, and more! 

 

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Incentives for All Students 

Prizes

Each week the University will conduct a drawing for eligible students, selecting 100 students per week to receive $100* in Bobcat Cash

Eligibility

Students who were vaccinated before August 31 are not eligible.

Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the weekly $100 Bobcat Cash drawings: 

  • Be a degree-seeking undergraduate, graduate/professional, or medical student on any OHIO campuses 
  • Have received a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine or both doses of a two-dose vaccine after August 31, 2021 
  • Required to be vaccinated based on OHIO’s Vaccination Requirement
  • Currently enrolled for fall semester 2021 
  • Have selected the Vaccination Pathway (and uploaded their vaccine card) at the time of the drawing

Important Details

  • The University will offer this incentive from September 10 through October 29.
  • If you have already uploaded your vaccination card you do not need to do it again. Selecting the Vaccination Pathway or uploading your vaccine card multiple times will not increase your chances of winning.
  • Once you have selected the Vaccination Pathway you will be entered into all subsequent drawings for prizes. 
  • COVID Operations will conduct weekly student incentive drawings on Fridays and notify 100 winners each week that the Bobcat Cash will appear in their accounts. 
  • To be automatically entered in the weekly $100 Bobcat Cash drawings, students must have received a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine or both doses of a two-dose vaccine after August 31, 2021 and have selected the Vaccination Pathway by 11:59 p.m. each Friday through October 29. 

*All prizes and incentives may be considered taxable income and will be reported to the recipient and IRS as required by law. 

Incentives for Residential Housing Students 

Housing and Residence Life and Culinary Services have teamed up with COVID Operations to offer special incentives to encourage residential students to help reach the goal of 100 percent vaccination rates in residence halls.

Prizes

Beginning October 1, COVID Operations will draw winners from eligible residential housing students who get vaccinated before the November 15 deadline to win these valuable prizes:  

  • Two students will win full housing and dining scholarships for Spring Semester 2022  
  • Three students will win housing scholarships for Spring Semester 2022 
  • Three students will win dining scholarships for Spring Semester 2022 
  • Residence halls that achieve 95 percent vaccination will be invited to a fall-themed block party.

Eligibility

Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the drawings:  

  • Have received a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine or both doses of a two-dose vaccine
  • Currently enrolled for fall semester 2021
  • Reside on campus for the 2021-2022 academic year (must be an on-campus resident for spring 2022)
  • Required to be vaccinated based on OHIO’s Vaccination Requirement.
  • Have selected the Vaccination Pathway (and uploaded their vaccine card) at the time of the drawing

Important Details

  • Full housing and dining scholarships for Spring Semester 2022** (2)
    • Students who have received a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine or both doses of a two-dose vaccine before August 31 and who have completed the Vaccination Pathway will be eligible for one drawing for a housing and dining scholarship. The drawing will take place on October 1.
    • Students who have received a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine or both doses of a two-dose vaccine between August 31 and November 15, and who have completed the Vaccination Pathway, will be eligible for one drawing for a housing and dining scholarship. The drawing will take place on November 16.
  • Dining scholarships for Spring Semester 2022** (3)
    • Selected from a pool of residential students who have received a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine or both doses of a two-dose vaccine and who have completed the Vaccination Pathway between August 31 and November 15.
    • Drawings will take place October 11, October 25 and November 5.
  • Housing scholarships for Spring Semester 2022** (3)
    • Selected from a pool of residential students who have received a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine or both doses of a two-dose vaccine and who have completed the Vaccination Pathway between August 31 and November 15. 
    • Drawings will take place October 8, October 18 and October 29.
  • Block party
    • Students who live in residence halls that have achieved a vaccination rate of 95 percent to 100 percent by October 29 will be invited to a fall-themed block party.
  • If you have already uploaded your vaccination card you do not need to do it again. Selecting the Vaccination Pathway or uploading your vaccine card multiple times will not increase your chances of winning.
  • Once you have selected the Vaccination Pathway you will be entered into all subsequent drawings for prizes (except for students vaccinated before August 31, who are eligible only for the October 1 drawing for a full housing and dining scholarship). 
  • Individuals who have received approved exemptions from OHIO’s vaccination requirement will not be included when calculating vaccination rates for a residence hall. 
  • Residence hall vaccination rates are available on the OHIO COVID-19 Dashboard.
  • Winners will be announced via social media. 

**Each housing and dining scholarship value is dependent on the assessed spring 2022 semester rate for the individual winner when spring charges are assessed in November 2021. Any change to the room or board rate after the scholarship has been applied will be at the cost of the student. The winner must be an on-campus resident for spring 2022. Students receiving a housing and/or dining scholarships who have alternative scholarships that already cover housing and dining charges may not eligible for consideration. All prizes and incentives may be considered taxable income and will be reported to the recipient and IRS as required by law. 


Winners are announced on our COVID Operations social media accounts and in the Keeping Bobcats Informed (KBI) weekly newsletter.

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Incentives for Sororities and Fraternities

Prizes

Eligible sororities and fraternities will receive a $500 contribution to a charity of their choice. 

Eligibility

Sororities and fraternities that achieve 90 percent vaccination among members will be eligible. 

Important Details

  • The University will offer this incentive from September 10 through October 29.
  • Individuals who have received approved exemptions from OHIO’s vaccination requirement will not be included when calculating vaccination rates.
  • Sorority and fraternity vaccination rates will be communicated weekly to designated contacts within the organizations. 

Incentives for Faculty and Staff

Prizes

Any eligible OHIO employee will receive $100.* 

Eligibility

Employees who were vaccinated before August 31 are not eligible.

Employees must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the $100* incentive: 

  • Have received a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine or both doses of a two-dose vaccine after August 31, 2021 
  • Have selected the Vaccination Pathway (and uploaded their vaccine card) 

Important Details

  • The University will offer this incentive from September 10 through October 29.
  • The $100* employee incentive will be processed through payroll.

*All prizes and incentives may be considered taxable income and will be reported to the recipient and IRS as required by law.

Incentives for Regional Higher Education Students

OHIO is offering special incentives for students on its regional campuses to encourage more regional students to get vaccinated.

Prizes

COVID Operations will draw winners from eligible regional campus students who get vaccinated before the November 15 deadline to win these valuable prizes*:

  • $1,000 fall semester scholarship awards (five student winners)
  • $500 fall semester scholarship awards (five student winners)

Eligibility

Students who were vaccinated before August 31 are not eligible.

Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the regional campus drawings: 

  • Be a degree-seeking undergraduate student on any OHIO regional campus (Chillicothe, Eastern, Lancaster/Pickerington, Southern/Proctorville, Zanesville) 
  • Have received a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine or both doses of a two-dose vaccine between August 31, 2021 and November 15, 2021
  • Currently enrolled for fall semester 2021 
  • Required to be vaccinated based on OHIO’s Vaccination Requirement
  • Have selected the Vaccination Pathway (and uploaded their vaccine card) at the time of the drawing

Important Details

  • The University will offer this incentive from October 15 through November 15.
  • If you have already uploaded your vaccination card you do not need to do it again. Selecting the Vaccination Pathway or uploading your vaccine card multiple times will not increase your chances of winning.
  • Once you have selected the Vaccination Pathway you will be entered into the drawing for prizes. 
  • The awards will be placed on the winning students’ accounts following the random drawing selection. 
  • COVID Operations will conduct drawings on October 15, 22, and 29, and on November 5 and 16.

*All prizes and incentives may be considered taxable income and will be reported to the recipient and IRS as required by law.