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Oakland University Accidentally Tells 5,500 Students They Received Full Scholarships

Oakland University Accidentally Tells 5,500 Students They Received Full Scholarships

“The scholarship is valued at $48,000 for four years at the university.”

Oops. This seems to happen at different schools every few years for some reason. You have to feel bad for the students and their families.

FOX 2 in Detroit reports:

Oakland University tells 5,500 students they received full scholarships by mistake

For the second time in a week, a university in Michigan mistakenly alerted incoming students that they were receiving full ride scholarships, this time it was at Oakland University.

According to a statement from Oakland University, the mistaken notifications were sent in early January and informed the students that they were being awarded the “Oakland University’s Platinum Presidential Scholar Award, our highest award.” In a statement sent to FOX 2 from the University, the students who received the message did not meet the eligibility requirements for the university’s highest award.

The university said those students did, however, qualify for other levels of scholarships.

OU said it notifies students of awards through an official scholarship award letter via USPS.

Within two hours of those emails being sent, OU sent out a follow-up email with an apology and urging them to contact the school with additional questions.

OU confirmed to FOX 2 that approximately 5,500 students had been informed of receiving the award.

The scholarship is valued at $48,000 for four years at the university.

Included in the email notification were links to accept the scholarship offer and a recognition to register with others who received the award, according to a parent who spoke with FOX 2.

Three hours after the email was sent, the parent said his son received another email that the original one was inadvertently sent and that he did not receive the award.

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Sorry, son, you’ll just have to steal one off a train.