- Students of UC Davis will be able to receive grants for staying during their March 20-24 spring break.
- The university aims to provide an incentive in the form of a $75 grant to encourage students to opt for “staycations” amid the ongoing pandemic.
- The grants, which can be used in local businesses, are limited to the first 750 qualified applicants, however.
The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) will reportedly pay students who avoid travel during their March 20-24 spring break, as an incentive to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
UC Davis wrote on Instagram, “Planning a staycation for spring break? Get $75 to add some excitement to your week and support a local Davis business by applying for the @HealthyDavisTogether Spring Break Grant.”
To be considered for the grant, interested students must first submit a proposal and application form. Only the first 750 qualified applicants will receive the grants, however. Recipients can use the grant money at certain businesses in the city of Davis. The university hopes that this will be enough incentive for students to consider spring break “staycations.”
According to a university spokesperson, several students have already shown interest.
Melissa Blouin of UC Davis told ABC affiliate KXTV. “We’re trying to give the students a positive experience during this period of time by offering these incentives. We definitely have had a very positive reaction.”
Blouin explained that there were different kinds of grants meant for different purposes, with titles such as ‘Get Active’, ‘Get Artsy’, ‘Home Improvement’, or ‘Let’s Stay In’. These are “linked to a different business within the Davis community where students who receive the grant can pick up a gift card at the store location.”
Students can apply for the grant until Wednesday, 5 p.m., according to Chancellor Gary May’s letter to the campus community. According to the KXTV report, applicants must have the following qualifications: currently registered as a UC Davis student, living full-time in Davis, must have a scheduled COVID-19 test during spring break, and must stay in the city during the break.
“As per state guidance, all non-essential travel should be avoided,” UC Davis wrote on Instagram. “And staying local is a good way to do your part in slowing the spread of COVID-19.”
California has reported around 3.6 million COVID-19 cases and 54,377 coronavirus-related deaths as of Tuesday, The New York Times reported. Yolo County, where Davis is located, have reported around 12,988 cases, with a 41 percent decrease in new daily cases over the past two weeks, according to the Times.