The entire trip, including tuition, accommodation, plus a $5,000 award for study abroad and admission to the school’s honors program.
That’s what 58 high school seniors were told they would receive from Central Michigan University when they were told over the weekend that they had been awarded the school’s prestigious Centralis Scholar Award.
But then on Sunday, they received terrible news: They had been sent the wrong message. In fact, they actually weren’t awarded scholarships to the college of about 20,000 students in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
However, three days later, Central Michigan University said in a statement Wednesday night that it plans to pay full four-year tuition to students who have been mistakenly informed they have been awarded the full benefits. trip. However, they will not receive the other perks of the scholarship, a university spokesperson said.
The university says it will reach out to the students with suggestions for amendments.
“We deeply regret the disappointment and frustration caused by the test notification error in the student portal,” the university said in a statement.
Earlier, on Wednesday, the university said that messages about the Centralis Scholar Award were accidentally sent by school staff while the new messaging technology was being tested.
On Sunday, the university’s admissions executive reached out to the families of students who received the messages by mistake to apologize for the miscommunication, the university said.
In an updated statement Wednesday night, Central Michigan University said that “getting it right” 58 students who received congratulatory messages by mistake will now receive an offer to “increase their prize money by the same amount.” equivalent to a full scholarship. ”
It’s not clear exactly how much students will receive, but college tuition is $12,750 per year, according to the university.
It was also unclear as of Wednesday night whether the students were eligible for the Centralis Scholar Award.
To receive the award, high school students must have a GPA of at least 3.7, according to the university.
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