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UW Student Wins Tuition, Fees Grand Prize for Reporting Vaccination

August 24, 2021

An undergraduate student in political science from Virginia will receive up to $4,500 in tuition and fees after winning the first grand prize in a drawing for UW students who’ve reported being vaccinated for COVID-19.

The student, who asked to not be publicly identified, won the prize after his name was drawn Monday from among students who’ve reported their COVID vaccinations on the Student Health Service patient portal.

“I got vaccinated to protect myself, my family and the entire UW community from COVID-19. The reporting process was very easy and only took about three minutes,” the student says. “I encourage my fellow students to get vaccinated because it has been proven to work in fighting COVID-19. The UW community will be even safer and closer to being back to normal as more students get vaccinated.”

Additionally, a senior outdoor recreation and tourism major won $300 in the weekly drawing for prizes for those who’ve reported vaccinations. The student, from Cheyenne, asked to not be publicly identified.

“At first, I was kind of reluctant to report my vaccine, because I thought it would have taken a long time out of my day. But it turns out reporting my vaccination took no time at all,” the student says. “It was really easy to find; it was as simple as taking a photo on your phone.”

In last week’s drawing, an elementary education student from Colorado won an “A” parking pass, which usually is only available to faculty and staff members -- and is valued at $210 annually.

“I chose to get the vaccine to help get back to in-person classes, football games and normalcy,” says the student, who also asked to not be publicly identified. “It is a huge bonus that UW gave me a parking pass for getting vaccinated. I am looking forward to a more normal school year and being able to park closer to my classes so I do not have to walk as far in the freezing cold. Go Pokes!”

The $300 cash prize, as well as other prizes, are going out weekly until the sixth week of the fall semester Sept. 27. The second winner of the grand prize, covering up to $4,500 in tuition and fees, will be drawn the week of Sept. 27. The award would be reduced by any scholarship amount a student is awarded. The prize is meant to cover only costs the student or family is obligated to pay out of pocket.

While vaccinations are not required for UW students and employees -- instead, they’re strongly encouraged -- students should report their vaccinations once they’ve received them. This allows the university to track overall vaccination numbers. The information is not being used for any other purpose, except to enter those who’ve reported their vaccinations into the drawings for prizes. The university’s privacy protocols are being followed.

To upload documentation to the Student Health Service patient portal, take a photo of your vaccination document and upload the picture here:, using your regular UW user ID and password. This is the same portal where students report their mandatory vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella.

Additionally, students can report their vaccinations by emailing photos of their vaccination documents to Student Health at

Vaccines are widely available for free in the community, including the Pfizer vaccine, which has received full approval from the Food and Drug Administration for those 16 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines also have been proven to be highly effective and safe.

Only those students who submit their COVID-19 vaccination information to Student Health are eligible for the prize drawings. Students who submit proof of their first shots will be eligible for the weekly drawings; to win the tuition and fee prizes, students must have submitted proof of complete vaccination (for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, two doses). Students should watch their UW email accounts on Mondays, as that is when they’ll be notified if they’re prize winners.

The weekly drawing is for a winner who receives $300 in cash, along with one more winner for another prize. Those prizes include pregame field access passes for UW football games; Dining Dollars cards from UW Dining Services, each valued at $100; and Apple AirPods.

Additionally, five students will each win the prize of a dinner for six with President Ed Seidel and his partner, Gabrielle Allen, at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center. Also included will be catered dinners with Provost and Executive Vice President Kevin Carman, along with Associated Students of UW President Hunter Swilling.

UW students can receive COVID-19 vaccines at several locations in Laramie. They include: Walmart, Walgreens, Pole Mountain Pharmacy, Ridley’s, Stitches Acute Care, Laramie Pediatrics, Albany Community Health Clinic, Ivinson Medical Group, the Downtown Clinic and Family Physicians of Laramie. Additional vaccination clinics are being planned on the UW campus as well.

Students who are unable to be vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons may participate in the drawings by completing a vaccination exemption form found on the Student Health Service website.

For more details on the student vaccination reporting incentive program, go to

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