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For those who are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend a university and for those who see their college years to the end, they are rewarded with not only an education, but also the tools that are necessary to be successful in any profession they choose to pursue after college.

Amongst these tools are responsibility, integrity and fairness. However, actions taken recently by the LEAD program have led students to believe that these tools are not the building blocks of a respectable individual. Rather they are mere obstacles that one must learn to overcome and that fairness is not a word that can be used to describe the LEAD scholarship program.

When applying for a LEAD scholarship, an individual is not only attempting to market themselves to a group of people who will ultimately judge their character and decide whether or not they deserve the scholarship, but also to prove their own responsibility and integrity, qualities that every student should have.

However, that is not the case. At least one LEAD scholarship was awarded to an applicant who failed to meet the application deadline. Not very responsible was it? This is not the type of person that the University should be recognizing. Others who met the deadline were denied. This is not fair.

In order to teach students about responsibility, fairness and integrity, the University needs to practice it as well. Excuses aside, there were requirements to be eligible for the scholarship, and those who did not meet the requirements should not be rewarded with a $5,600 scholarship. Instead, applications should be returned to them with a stamp that reads, “please follow directions.”

Perhaps, it would be more beneficial to these students if they used the money from the scholarship to buy themselves a clue, rather than use it toward tuition. Students must follow the rules on their own and in turn, the LEAD program should do the same.

This is college, ladies and gentlemen, and it is time to start acting like it.

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