Last Thursday evening, Texas A&M University hosted its first Parents’ Scholarship Banquet. Students from each college were required to attend an off-campus dinner to meet with the donors who have agreed to cover their entire tuition— their parents.
Parents were thrilled with the event. “I am so glad I finally got to see how my son has been doing in school,” said Mr. Wade, a donor who attended the banquet. “My wife and I have not gotten to talk to him much. He’s been so busy with school!”
After donating most of their savings, these parents had the opportunity to spend a few hours with the child they spent decades raising. “This night was truly amazing,” said Mrs. Wade. “I’m so grateful that my husband and I could put such a fine young man through college.”
Students, however, were not so thrilled. “I’ve been successfully avoiding my parents since Christmas. I even went on a trip over spring break so I wouldn’t have to go home,” said Russell Wade. “I’ve spent a while building up this huge facade that I’m super busy with school. I get that they pay for my education and all, but can’t I just thank them over text like usual?”
Despite student complaints, the university is expecting to host the event again. “We are thrilled with the results,” reported a university official. “We’ll definitely be doing this again next year. It seems the only way we’ll get students to have a meal with their parents is by force.”