UC Davis provides college students cash to not journey throughout spring break

Students staying in Davis can apply for a $ 75 scholarship to be spent on-site.

March 9, 2021, 9:47 p.m.

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Since universities try to keep students on campus during the spring break, an institution provides a financial incentive.

The University of California at Davis is granting $ 75 to students staying in the northern California university town during the spring break later this month.

“UC Davis urges all members of the university community to avoid all unnecessary travel during the spring break,” wrote Chancellor Gary May in one Update for the school community last week that highlighted the partnership between the city and campus.

PHOTO: In this February 28, 2020 file photo in Davis, California, students cycle past Kearney Hall on the UC Davis campus, where a student lived who has shown symptoms of COVID-19.

In this file photo dated February 28, 2020, students in Davis, California, pedal past Kearney Hall on the UC Davis campus, where a student lived who has shown symptoms of COVID-19.

The first 750 students to qualify will receive the $ 75 scholarship redeemable at select Davis companies during the school’s spring break, March 22-26.

Applicants must be currently registered UC Davis students living in Davis full-time. You must also stay in town throughout the spring break and have a scheduled COVID-19 test during this.

Students have until Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. PST to apply for the scholarship.

The response so far has been “overwhelmingly positive,” UC Davis spokeswoman Melissa Blouin told ABC News. The school will have more information on how many students applied after the deadline, she said.

There are approximately 5,900 students on campus.

UC Davis students and staff are urged to avoid all non-essential travel in general. For those planning to travel during the spring break, the school has recommended getting tested for COVID-19 every three to four days for the two weeks prior to their day of departure and after they return. Students leaving the state would be required to quarantine for 10 days upon their return, as per state guidelines.

“It is vital that asymptomatic students, especially those who have traveled, are tested regularly.” School officials said.

PHOTO: People crowd the sidewalk in Ft.  Lauderdale, Florida on March 4, 2021, as the spring break begins.

People crowd the sidewalk in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on March 4, 2021, as the spring break begins.

The “staycation” incentive comes a few weeks after Yolo County, where UC Davis is located, transitioned to the less restrictive “red tier” of the state’s coronavirus reopening plan, allowing some non-essential businesses to reopen with changes.

Some schools have canceled the spring break entirely this year to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19 on their campus and the surrounding community.

ON study last year The spread of COVID-19 supports concerns about the trip. Looking at GPS smartphone data from more than 7 million US college students, a June study Ball State University and Vanderbilt University found that spring break travel may have helped fuel the spread of the coronavirus in March as the pandemic worsened in the US.