By VICTORIA CHUNG
The Redlands Community Scholarship Foundation is a program that contributes over hundreds to thousands of dollars in scholarship money to qualified seniors from a large range of high schools within the Redlands community.
In order to receive a scholarship, students compete with others and apply to individual scholarships that apply to their qualifications, such as a minimum GPA and extracurricular involvement, and fill out a detailed application on their achievements. Mandatory for all applicants is a personal essay explaining their career goals and aspirations–some specific scholarships even require supplementary essays.
On the Redlands Community Scholarship site, it states, “LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. POSITIVELY NO EXCEPTIONS!” as a looming cloud over all the students attempting to submit their applications the night of February 1, the day before the deadline. However, students encountered online traffic on the homepage of the scholarship portal. Over 100 students were on the site attempting to finish their application at once which led to high traffic and waiting times.
Students stayed up all night to be able to submit their applications only to be greeted to a text reminder the following day: “Due to website problems, the Redlands Community Scholarship website will be available to students until Sunday, February 4th, at 3pm.”
Many reacted with frustration and anger, complaining that the website did not have problems but instead there were too many students on the portal attempting to finish their application the night before the deadline. Those who turned in their application on time view the extension as unfair, as applications cannot be revised after submission.
Monica Lopez, senior at Redlands East Valley, is unhappy with the extension. She claims that “people who weren’t going to apply because they didn’t make the deadline now have two extra days to get those scholarships” which only “increases the competition” for the punctual students.
Matthew Perez, senior at Redlands East Valley, responds that the foundation is “extending the time for people who procrastinate.”
Hailey Jahromi, senior at Redlands East Valley, voiced her opinion: “I feel that since they decided to change the deadline after explicitly stating that they would not under any circumstances accept anything past the deadline, than those who had already submitted their applications before the previous deadline should be able to reopen the application and alter it as they need.”
Lea Clark, senior at Redlands East Valley, confesses: “I’m very happy about it because it benefits me. I wasn’t going to turn it in originally but now I will. I do feel bad for the people who did turn it on time and were more productive. But do I feel so bad that I won’t turn in my application? No. This is great for me.” She claims, “Mass procrastination has never been more effective.”
Davis Dusick, senior at Redlands East Valley, revealed that he has “no issue with extending the deadline” even though he applied. “It just wouldn’t have been fair to those who couldn’t turn it in due to the site being down.”
The new, official deadline to submit an application to the Redlands Community Scholarship Foundation is 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4. The RCSF was unavailable to comment at the time of writing.