Utah Valley University Grants Hundreds of Full Ride Scholarships, Then Revokes Them
A full ride scholarship is a luxury that very few college students ever have, and is usually only won by the best and brightest high schoolers who have put in countless hours to earn them. But when hundreds of students received notice of receiving a four-year scholar ship at Utah Valley University, few were willing to look the gift horse in the mouth.
“I told my parents that I have this free ride to UVU, and even though it’s not my top option, they’re like, `Well, you’re going to UVU,’” said high-school senior Sarah Payne.
The offer for a full-ride scholarship, valued at $4,122 per year, was sent out by UVU President Matthew Holland on Jan. 11, but much to the dissappoinment of the 300 students who received the notice, UVU administrators soon discovered that the number of offers sent out was the result of a clerical error.
“I honestly was shocked because I hadn’t even applied to UVU and I was like, `Oh my gosh, they’re offering me this scholarship to go to school for free,” Lisa Schneider told the Deseret News.
According to UVU officials, the technical error came from the school’s system accidentally omitting one of the requirements for the scholarship when considering potential awardees; although both grades and academic achievement tests were supposed to be used as criteria for the scholarship, candidates were instead selected solely based on their test scores.
“This is an extremely rare occurrence, but due to an unfortunate, technical glitch in our system, some individuals received scholarship offer letters who did not qualify for the scholarship,” said Chris Taylor, a spokesman for UVU.
Although all of the scholarships have now been revoked, the Utah Valley administration is at least offering up a consolation prize to the hundreds of disappointed students affected by the mistake by offering other potential scholarships while also waiving the Feb 1. deadline for scholarship applications.