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SOMERS, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin System’s Vax Up! “70 for 70” campaign was scheduled to run through October 31, but came to an early end on October 28 with what was originally billed as a “final push” reception at UW-Parkside. Instead, President Thompson was able to announce the campaign’s success at “Brats & Socks for Shots.”

System President Tommy Thompson recently announced the names of the 70 students throughout the UW System universities that had been randomly selected to receive a $7,000 scholarship, funded by the UW System, through the campaign.

“We took up a challenge to educate and inform students as a part of a vaccination campaign to help keep our universities safe – and it has succeeded,” Thompson said. “What a thrill it is to be able to tell students they have won a $7,000 scholarship. I am so proud of our students, faculty, staff, and administrators who helped make this happen.”

Among the winners are three UW-Parkside students:

UW System released a whimsical video on social media featuring the mascots and President Thompson celebrating the success of the Vax Up! campaign.

“I believe in encouraging, rather than mandating, vaccines, and the scholarship incentive was a great motivator,” Thompson said.

Along with President Thompson, chancellors and other university officials are continuing to encourage their students to become vaccinated against COVID-19. Several of the System universities offered their own incentives as well during the campaign, including scholarships, iPads, and gift cards to local merchants.

About UW-Parkside

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to high-quality educational programs, creative and scholarly activities, and services responsive to its diverse student population, and its local, national, and global communities. UW-Parkside is a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. The campus serves as a premier comprehensive public institution and a destination of choice, serving as a focal point of local, regional, and global progress.