If any of these 300 students or so changed plans to attend college somewhere
else, or skip some other world travel plans or something in order to prepare to
go to UVU, then there are some accountability issues at stake here.
When my daughter was applying for college in 2003 the same thing happened from
Utah State. The difference was they offered to make good on the scholarship,
since it was their mistake.
My son is one of the 300, I guess. As someone who works for UVU, I was pretty
surprised when he got the letter, but it looked very official. My son will be
very disappointed when he gets the letter saying it was a mistake -- we
haven't received it yet.
University administrators are devoid of a conscience. This "mistake"
with students is just a small example of how professors, adjuncts and other
university employees are treated and mislead on a regular basis.
When my credit union (which is much smaller than UVU) made a minor mistake (my
debit card was refused at a merchant even though I had enough money in my
account), the credit union sent me a $10 gift card along with their apology. I
didn't even care about the error, but I imagine that having to send out
gift cards for each error made them more careful.
When signing all those personal invitations for scholarship, Holland probably
thought "Gee, I don't remember signing so many of these last
year".If President Holland had extended a personal signed
invitation, the apology letter that would extinguish the scholarship dreams of
these students should also have been personal.
Sounds pretty creepy to make that kind of mistake, then pull out the rug from
under them. When we make mistakes, we have some accountability too...not just
I'm sorry...too bad. Easy for the school to do nothing...not surprised.
Whoops! You got a lotta splainin' to do Loocy!
They paid to be considered as students. They applied to be considered as
students. I do think it's a dirty trick.
Oh, these types of mistakes happen all the time... Oh wait.
Funny when students make mistakes most of the time there is no room for
forgiveness. Most of the time teachers respond "welcome to the real
world" but if a school makes a mistake we are required to forgive and move
on. How about offer those students a couple of free meals to
compensate for your mistake.
My daughter, who had already applied to UVU,received a letter as well. I called
the scholarship office the next day to verify that her applications were all
complete only to be told that the scholarships hadn't been awarded yet and
there would only be a few given since my daughter is a non-resident. Prospective
Student Services again verified that she had the scholarship if we received a
letter. The next day I got a humble phone call that the scholarships really
hadn't been awarded yet. We have yet to get a retraction letter though!
Mistakes happen. UVU is a great school and we are hoping some kind of
scholarship comes through!
The article says that, after the girls received the letters awarding them
scholarships, they "both paid $35 and applied to attend UVU." I wonder
if the payments and applications might qualify as legal "acceptances" of
the scholarship "offers," and therefore the creation of a legally
enforceable contract. This would be an interesting question for a law school