ALBION, MI – Middle and high school students who get vaccinated against COVID-19 at three public clinics will be entered to earn one year of free tuition at Albion College.
Albion College has partnered with the Albion Health Care Alliance, the Battle Creek Family YMCA, the Calhoun County Public Health Department and Marshall Public Schools to organize the clinics, according to a press release from Albion College.
The clinics are planned for:
– 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 26 at Albion College, with a second dose clinic on July 17.
– 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 28 at the Battle Creek Family YMCA, with a second dose clinic on July 19.
– 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 29 at Marshall High School, with a second dose clinic on July 20.
The clinics are open to anyone eligible to receive the vaccine, but every fully vaccinated student who is not already enrolled in Albion College will have their name entered on a draw for one year of tuition, college officials said.
“Incentive programs are a lever widely used to increase immunization rates and it’s the one we can offer to engage a key under-immunized demographic – our young people,” said Mathew Johnson, president of Albion. Middle School. “Albion is committed to making higher education more accessible and affordable for local communities. That’s why we’ve worked with the great community of Albion to drive vaccine uptake at all levels, and now especially among our young people. This partnership makes it possible.
Students will need to apply and be admitted to Albion College during their final year of high school, as well as file a FAFSA and send these results to the college. Assistance from Albion College will be added to equal full tuition fees after any federal and state assistance the student receives, officials said,
If a parent, grandparent or other guardian of an eligible child wins the raffle, they are allowed to share it with someone in their stead, the release said. The prize is exchangeable for up to five years from the date of the first vaccination.
“We need to get as many children and their parents vaccinated as soon as possible,” said Eric Pessell, health officer in the Calhoun County Public Health Department. “With this tremendous opportunity offered by Albion College, the Albion Health Care Alliance, the Battle Creek Family YMCA and the Marshall Public Schools, we can prevent an increase in COVID-19 cases this fall.”
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