This will be my last vacation technology post from the Ozark Mountain Region. As all vacations must end, I will soon return to posting about engineering and knowledge management technology, but for the moment I ask you to take a trip back in time to the College of the Ozarks Grist Mill. This college and its students are unique; they run an actual Grist Mill and grind wheat into flour the old fashioned way. This is just one example of how the students at College of the Ozarks are not your typical college kids ... the nickname for the school is HardWorkU. Anyhow ... my video (44 seconds long).
I recently had a Mom of a prospective Rose-Holman student contact me about the scholarship process. While this example relates to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, it really could be about any private college and the scholarship award process. Here is an edited version of my private response to her: (read original blog post by my son about his college selection)
Dear Mary Jane:
I had similar concerns (about Rose-Hulman's scholarship offer). In fact, my son Erik had better offers from other schools ... some of which offered to pay for over 50% of his
However, I was able to get Rose-Hulman to increase their award. This is the approach I took:
I did NOT take the position that their award level was a mistake
I DID mention the other scholarship offers (by school name and amount)
I stressed how much Erik liked Rose-Holman (he did then, and is still very happy with his choice)
Now we get to the important part of my email (sent to the head of
financial aide). I pointed out some aspects of Erik's background that
were unique and unusual in a "good way". I pondered whether they knew
these facts. I also discussed one or two items where Erik could have
done better (always hard for a parent to admit shortcomings in their own children).
It worked, and our offer was increased. Basically I politely implied that the admittance and scholarship process was a competition to get Erik's acceptance. However, I
communicated it in a manner that was both reasonable and allowed everyone to "save
Make certain you see my prior post and follow-up on college rankings. It generated some good discussion points by leading web thought leaders. Finally, link to my college search section of this blog. My son, Erik, gave me his permission to blog about his search for the perfect engineering school, which ended with his choice of Rose-Hulman.
On the surface these three topics might seem unrelated, but they are! This evening I will take out to dinner four young men who just graduated high school. These guys are the core members of my S.N.I.P Lego robotics team. After having coached S.N.I.P. for six years ... since their elementary school days, I wondered how I could recognize these boys, and the fact thay they were moving on in the world ... to various engineering schools around the USA. Each young man has already shown me that they are socially conscious, but I wanted to encourage them to continue following this path.
Last night I contacted John Wood via email, and asked him if he might send me a dedication I might put in each book. Here are John's direct words ... they're good:
"To whom much is given, much is expected. The true test of your education will be in bringing that same opportunity to others, throughout your lifetime. Good luck, and make the world proud!"
Feel free to chime in with your own advice via the comments section for Caleb, Erik, Matt and Tim. In closing, here are two podcast interviews with John Wood, author of Leaving Microsoft to Change the World.