USM announces new vaccine incentive program for students


HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – Leaders with University of Southern Mississippi (USM) announced a new incentive program to encourage students to obtain their COVID-19 vaccination.

Through the program, fully vaccinated USM students will be eligible for incentives that will be offered over the course of the next 12 weeks. Beginning Friday, July 30, 2021, through Friday, October 15, 2021, weekly drawings will be held for the following incentives.

Five names will be drawn each week, one name for each of the following items:

  • Fall 2021 Semester Tuition (value of $4,602 each)
  • Dining Dollars (value of $1,000 each)
  • Barnes & Noble Bookstore Book Voucher (value of $300 each)
  • Housing and Residence Life Room Credit (value of $2,000 each)
  • Parking Decal (value of $414 each)

A total of 60 incentives will be awarded to USM students during the 12-week timeframe.

“The best way for our students to stay healthy, stay connected, and stay in class this fall is by getting a COVID-19 vaccine. I urge all of our students to do their part and get vaccinated for COVID-19 now, if they haven’t already done so,” said Dr. Dee Dee Anderson, USM Vice President for Student Affairs.

To be eligible for the incentive program, students must be enrolled in classes at USM for the Fall 2021 semester, and they must submit their completed, official COVID-19 vaccination record online.

Students who are selected through the weekly drawings will be notified of details by the USM Dean of Students office.

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