This past weekend, he received a notification that he was a recipient of the scholarship.
“I kept rereading it over and over just making sure that I actually got it and it was me,” él dijo. “And then once I found the form, and I accepted…I was just so proud of myself for all the hard work I did.”
University now offering a full tuition scholarship
But CMU said that notification was sent mistakenly to 58 estudiantes. Ahora, the university says it is reaching out to the impacted students “to make it right” and award them with an amount equivalent to a full-tuition scholarship.
“While testing a new messaging technology over the weekend, CMU staff inadvertently posted a message about the prestigious Centralis Scholar Award that was seen by students who were logged into the system at that time,” la universidad dijo en un comunicado. “The message appeared to indicate the student had received the Centralis Scholarship, when in fact they had not. CMU deeply regrets the disappointment and frustration this mistake caused for students and their families.”
Christensen said he was heartbroken when he was contacted by the university.
“Getting that phone call, my heart sank,” él dijo. “I was second guessing even going to CMU… I was just angry and disappointed in what they did to me and other 57 other students.”
Now that the school has said it will award those students affected with the equivalent to a full-tuition scholarship, Christensen said “it’s a lot to take in.”
“It’s such an emotional roller coaster. I’ve been up and down, sad and mad and angry and confused,” él dijo. “I still am now. I don’t know how all this is happening.”
CMU noted that the Centralis Scholar Awards that were inadvertently offered to the 58 students included room and board. The offer the university is extending to these students is equivalent to a full-tuition scholarship but does not include room and board, according to an email from the university.