COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Program

As we look forward as a campus community to a much closer-to-normal academic year, COVID-19 vaccination is now our most critical and readily available tool to safeguard ourselves and those around us. We hope by now you've been vaccinated. As an added incentive and in gratitude for keeping yourself and others safe, fully vaccinated students and employees can receive a $5 Starbucks digital gift card after uploading their vaccination documentation to the Sindecuse Health Center secure patient portal. Within 10 business days of medical staff verifying your documentation, you will receive a message  to your email account notifying you of your digital gift card. Additionally, students, verified proof of full vaccination puts you in the running for scholarships worth up to $10,000. To be eligible, you must be enrolled and fully vaccinated; terms and conditions apply.

Here’s how it works:

You may upload to Sindecuse’s secure patient portal proof of full vaccination: An image of the COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card received upon your final dose or a copy of your COVID-19 immunization record from your medical provider. Medical staff will verify the record against governmental immunization databases.

You will be entered in the incentive and, for students, in the scholarship drawing when you receive your confirmation of vaccine verification from Sindecuse. Note that verification may take five days if your vaccine was received in Michigan or 10 days for out-of-state documentation.

Visit the Vaccination Registration and Verification Process page for step-by-step instructions for uploading your vaccination documentation into the patient portal. This page also contains additional information, including a frequently asked questions section.

Incentive scholarship program

Western students who provide documentation of full vaccination as described above are entered to win scholarships worth between $500 and $10,000.  Under this program, the University is offering 60 scholarships. They may be applied to tuition, fees, on-campus housing and campus dining.

  • Five $10,000 scholarships
  • Ten $2,500 scholarships
  • Twenty-five $1,000 scholarships
  • Twenty $500 scholarships

The first three $10,000, first five $2,500, and first ten $1,000 scholarships will be drawn at the end of day on Aug. 6, with subsequent drawings on Sept. 6, Oct. 6, Nov. 6 and Dec. 6. For each month's drawing, you must have uploaded your vaccination documentation by 8 a.m. on the first day of the month.  However, you may only win one COVID-19 vaccination incentive scholarship. Recipients will be notified by email and the news will be announced more broadly on the University's various communications channels. 

Number of Drawings through December     
each month
$1,00010 10 5  
$500 5555
  • Terms and conditions

    By uploading your COVID-19 vaccination documentation for the purpose of participating in the Western Michigan University (WMU) vaccination scholarship incentive you hereby agree to, understand and represent the following:

    • Participating in the scholarship incentive is completely voluntary, and you are not currently required to receive the vaccine in order to attend WMU

    • You must upload documentation confirming that you are fully vaccinated as recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    • WMU's Sindecuse Health Center (SHC) will maintain the confidentiality of your vaccine documentation as part of your patient file and consistent with HIPAA and other relevant privacy statutes

    • You authorize SHC to verify the accuracy of your vaccine status through the Michigan Care Immunization Registry database or other state database if vaccinated outside of Michigan

    • You are a student enrolled for at least one credit hour for the fall 2021 academic semester at WMU

    • All students who upload proof of vaccination may receive a $5 coffee card

    • The scholarship award may impact any financial aid you receive, and you understand that you should consult with financial aid prior to accepting the scholarship

    • You may refuse to accept the scholarship, in which event the scholarship you were awarded will be provided to another eligible student

    • The scholarship may be taxable and you are responsible for any payment of any taxes

    • You may not convert the scholarship to cash or to any other thing of value

    • You agree that the University may publicize and utilize your name, image and directory information regarding your award in the event you are selected for a scholarship

    • You may only win one COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Scholarship

    • You confirm that you are over 18 years of age and can legally consent to receiving the vaccine and the terms identified here

    • WMU has not made any promises or commitments to you to secure your participation in the incentive, nor have you been threatened or coerced into participation