I am counting on you to weigh in on this situation. Should I make a phone call? Send an email?
Eddie received an email the other day that he was a finalist for a scholarship. I don't know how much the scholarship is worth. Eddie was pretty excited..
Good afternoon,I would like to extend a warm welcome to you as a new member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison family and also extend my sincerest congratulations to you for making it to the final round in our selection process of awarding the Chicago Alumni Chapter’s 2019 scholarships to a select few incoming freshmen. This final round is a round robin-style interview night with Chicago area UW alumni, which will take place on Tuesday, February 26 at Plante Moran, located at 10 S Riverside Plaza in Chicago on the river and directly above Union Station. **Please confirm your attendance no later than February 19**.
The problem is that the interviews for this scholarship are held on Tuesday, Feb. 26th in the city in the evening. Um. Eddie is a captain and a starter on the varsity basketball team. His team plays on Monday. They are expected to win that game and advance to the second game, which will be held . . . you guessed it, on Tuesday in the suburbs. NUTS!
He emailed them to let them know that he most likely would not be able to attend the interviews. 'I am very excited about the scholarship opportunity. Unfortunately I will most likely have a basketball playoff game at the same time as the interviews. Please let me know if there is another option for me to still be considered, if I am unable to attend.'
The answer was: sorry, but no. (it was written nicer than that, but you get the gist). They informed him that because the interviews are round robin style, they cannot hold them again another night. They wished him the best in his Monday game, but if he didn't win and ended up being able to attend on Tuesday, then he could get in touch with them.
WHAT!!! How do you penalize a kid who is committed to his team? It's not as if he is saying he cannot attend because he would rather hang with his buddies. As Eddie pointed out, the application for this scholarship was lengthy. I have urged Ed to reach out again and ask for the opportunity to conduct a phone interview or a Skype interview. I mean, come on! Ed won't do it.
My kid is 18. He has his act together. He doesn't need his mommy calling someone to demand they fix this broken system,. While I refuse to launch my helicopter, can we all agree that this is messed up?