If you are not a vintner, a sommelier, or even a connoisseur of fine wine, you may be unaware of the refined art of making wine and tasting it to derive the fullness of pleasure that can pour from a bottle. The label may have graphic elements to delight the eye, the bottle is smooth and cool to comfort the hand, and the wine glass waiting for its prize may have been crafted just for this moment, but until the wine passes through the lips, one will never know its true purpose: to delight the soul.
Wait, I thought we were talking about scholarship management software? What’s the momentary pause above; the anticipation of the best pleasure to be had on a dining table? Does a computer and education have anything to do with wine making? Is the purpose of a grape fulfilled before it is pressed?
Glad you asked.
If you are involved in higher education and offer the fulfillment of the desire to cultivate the wine making vineyard in any of its branches , and you have students who thirst for that education, as in any other worthy field of endeavor to master a career, you want to make the administrative work as simple, efficient and effective as possible because your effort should not be focused on administration, it should endeavor to fill those anticipating minds who see the wine label, the bottle and the glass, but what they really want is the experience to know what’s in the bottle. Let them drink it.
Many students, however, have found the rising costs of higher education in any field to be nearly prohibitive to achieve that taste without financial assistance. This need creates a greater demand on the university to administrate scholarship programs. It is actually a pleasant dilemma.
Imagine the vintner who realizes a high–volume crop this year, but he or she knows that without making the operation more efficient, or perhaps it even needs to be augmented with more equipment, some of the high volume may be lost before the juice extraction through the press, before fermentation, aging, or bottling and labeling. At every transfer point of the wine making processes, the vintner may experience loss of product because the operation throughput cannot absorb the product available in order to profit from the enterprise with resulting high-volume sales of a great vintage.
A similar tragedy awaits the university if it cannot process the potential volume of scholarship applications in order to realize its primary objective: educating future vintners.
The end consumer of this entire failed effort is the unfortunate diner, sitting at the restaurant table, waiting for the wine glass to be filled. Imagine he is sitting across from the one he loves, waiting for the wine to be served with a diamond ring in the glass, only to be disappointed because of the failure of a series of processes he could never anticipate.
On the other hand, imagine that vintner who has already expected a bumper crop, and is prepared to cultivate, nurture, and process the best vintage ever imagined. And the restaurant can fulfill the diner’s dream with not just a bottle of wine, but a great vintage of fulfilled wedding dreams.
Likewise, the university prepared to educate future vintners to satisfy those dreams because they have had the foresight to acquire the appropriate software to manage their scholarship submissions. They will successfully prepare those students to succeed in their vintage-producing careers.
Scholarship management software is the defining difference between administrating and educating, just as the essence of enology (wine making) is not the science of the press, the filter, the fermentation tank and the barrel; it is the art of pressed extraction, fermentation, and of aging before you can finally graduate to the pleasure to be had out of the bottle.
The most popular universities offering a wine growing or wine making four-year degree program are the University of California — Davis, the University of Missouri, Washington State University, California State University — Fresno, Oregon State University, Cornell University (New York) and Sonoma State University (California). Fortunately, all these universities, and more like them, offer scholarship programs.
As a result, institutions offering scholarship programs in any advanced field of endeavor requiring higher education are pressed to be proficient in their administrative duties without having to strain the university operations just to taste the sweet wine of scholarship processing with speed and efficiency.
Seldom does a vintner count the grapes in the harvest; it would be a sobering job. Some scholarship numbers may be just as sobering. For the fall of 2013, it was estimated that 22 million students applied to college. Approximately 60 percent of them applied for scholarships; over 13 million students. There are approximately 4,600 four-year degree-offering colleges and universities in the U.S.; roughly 2,900 scholarship applicants per institution. Do you need scholarship management software? Isn’t that a very fine wine?