Three UW-Parkside students receive scholarships as UW System President Thompson and mascots celebrate successful “70 for 70 Vax Up!” campaign

Published: November 16, 2021

Briseyda Ocampo, UW-Parkside student and one of the three winners of a $7,000 Vax Up! Scholarship SOMERS, Wis. –  University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson today announced that 70 students have been selected through a random drawing to receive a $7,000 scholarship under the System’s Vax Up! “70 for 70” campaign.

The winners include three UW-Parkside students: Briseyda Ocampo, Gabriana Sandoval, and Jena Shaffer. The 70 students attend the 11 UW System universities that participated in the campaign and that also achieved a 70 percent COVID-19 vaccination rate among students.

“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.”

Gabriana Sandoval, UW-Parkside student and one of the three winners of a $7,000 Vax Up! Scholarship Also today, the UW System released a short video on social media featuring Thompson celebrating the accomplishment with all university mascots.  In the video, the “Board of Mascots” convenes to hear Thompson announce the success of the Vax Up! “70 for 70” campaign.

Thompson set a goal for 12 universities to reach a 70 percent student vaccination rate by Oct. 31.  All but one reached the goal, while UW-Madison ran its own campaign.

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

Student scholarship winners have been notified by their universities.  Funding for the scholarships is coming from the UW System.


 Jen Shaffer, UW-Parkside student and one of the three winners of a $7,000 Vax Up! Scholarship President Thompson, chancellors, and other university officials will continue to encourage students to become vaccinated against COVID-19.  Numerous universities also offered their own incentives, including scholarships, iPads, and gift cards to local merchants.









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. We are 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. 

Media contact:

Andrew Savagian
Communications Director
University of Wisconsin-Parkside


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