How TU students can earn prizes, scholarships for vaccination against COVID-19

Through campus program, TU students, faculty and staff who are verified as vaccinated
have a chance to win prizes

In support of the effort to encourage the entire community to be vaccinated against
the virus that causes COVID-19, Towson University has been giving away a series of prizes to randomly awarded students, faculty and staff who have had their vaccination
status verified.

The weekly prizes have been drawn, and the grand prize winners were notified on Thursday,
July 29. Now, students have an additional opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship
from the TU Foundation for verifying their vaccination status.

To support the COVID-19 vaccination effort on campus, TU is adding additional daily
giveaway opportunities for all verified or exempt students. Winners will be randomly
drawn each morning next week from Aug. 2 -6. All fully verified and exempt students
are automatically entered to win. Partially vaccinated students can also be entered
by completing a waiver to verify their first dose. 

To expedite vaccination for those who need it, Towson University is partnering with
University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center for a vaccination clinic on Aug. 2 at the South Campus Pavilion. 

Eligible members of the TU community were entered into a weekly drawing for prizes, as well as a final drawing in July for grand prizes. Those who are verified as vaccinated sooner will have multiple opportunities
to win. Drawings occur on Thursday mornings until July 29. Weekly winners will be
re-entered for the final grand prize drawing, as well.

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The University System of Maryland is requiring all Towson University students, faculty
and staff on campus this fall to be vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the fall
2021 term. Community members should be fully vaccinated, including any waiting period following a vaccination, by Aug. 9. Students, faculty and staff can submit documentation of their fully vaccinated status

About the prizes

Each day between Aug. 2-6, an eligible student will be randomly drawn to receive a
$1,000 TU Scholarship funded by the TU Foundation. Student scholarship winners must
be enrolled in fall 2021 classes and the scholarship is subject to financial aid over-award
limits. Prizes may also be subject to taxes for which winners are responsible.  

Weekly prizes consisted of 100 dining points to be available through the fall term. A student
winner and a faculty/staff winner will be drawn each Thursday morning. 

A grand prize — drawn July 29 — consisted of a $5,000 scholarship funded by the TU Foundation for a student, and free parking for one year for a faculty or
staff winner.  So far, Brian Hendricks, a staff member from the Office of Technology Services and
an undergraduate student were recipients of the $100 prizes. In week two, Kai Bailey,
an adjunct faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts and an undergraduate student
were recipients of the $100 prizes.

The third week’s winners included a staff member in the Office of Public Safety and an undergraduate student.

In week four, winners included an undergraduate student at Towson University in Northeastern Maryland (TUNE) and a faculty member in Fisher College of Science and Mathematics (FCSM).

How to enter

Students, faculty and staff can submit documentation of their fully vaccinated status
at or have an approved exemption through the exemption portal

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Who is eligible?

Students, faculty and staff who have verified their completed vaccination status through
the portal, and those who have approved exemptions through the portal, will be entered into the drawings each week. 

Those with a confirmed status or approved exemption 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the Thursday drawing will be eligible for that week’s drawing.

Members of university leadership, specifically the President’s Cabinet, are not eligible.

Fine print

Winners will be directly contacted via their TU email address.

Winners may have their name shared, with consent, via the Towson University website
or social media.

Prizes may be subject to taxes to be paid by the winner.

Student winners must be enrolled in fall 2021 classes, and this scholarship is subject to financial aid over-award limits. 

Dining points may be used until May 2022, are not transferrable and have no refundable

Additional benefits for vaccinations

Members of the TU community are also eligible for other benefits when vaccinated.

COVID-19 testing site coordinator Bryan Schlein was one of the first to win  Maryland’s recently completed $40,000 VaxCash prize drawings.

Governor Larry Hogan recently announced that 20 young Maryland residents, selected
via a random number generation, will be awarded $50,000 for college scholarships. Vaccination is required to be eligible in the VaxU Scholarship Promotion.

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Businesses across the state are offering special deals and discounts to thank vaccinated
customers and encourage more Marylanders to get vaccines. To draw attention to these
offers, the State of Maryland launched GoVAX Rewards, an easy-to-use online tool showcasing vaccine incentives.

Read more about vaccines at Towson University. Questions may be directed to

This story has been updated since its original publication.

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