According to a report by BNC News.
The school blamed the faulty emails to prospective undergraduates on human error.
“We know the college application process is an extremely stressful time and we’re sorry for the further confusion and disappointment this email has caused,” said Oakland’s director of undergraduate admissions, Shane Lewis, and Vice President of Enrollment Management, Dawn M. Aubry, in a joint statement.
The emails told students they had rreceived the Platinum Presidential Scholar Award, the university’s highest scholarship, which covers nearly all first- and second-year tuition. Each award is valued at approximately $13,394 per year.
Bizarrely, this is the second time in weeks that a school in Michigan has mistakenly told a group of students that they were winning full scholarships.
In January, Central Michigan University falsely told 58 high school students that they had received full scholarships. This school decided to honor the scholarships, which Oakland University said was not feasible given the number of applicants who were misinformed of their good fortune.
“Unfortunately, due to human error, the email was inadvertently sent to you and others who did not receive Presidential Scholar awards,” Lewis and Aubry wrote. “Please know that we take this unfortunate mistake very seriously and sincerely apologize.”
Oakland University spokesman Brian Bierley said the 5,500 students who applied for the university’s scholarship received lesser awards, which are usually between $1,000 and $5,000. according to NBC News.
“I don’t think it would be ‘possible’ to award those 5,500 full scholarships,” Bierley said. “We’re just trying to resolve the Oakland situation.”
Gwen Poindexter, whose son was one of the students who inadvertently received the email, called the situation “disheartening,” NBC News noted.
“It didn’t embitter Carnell [on Oakland University]but it soured me,” she told NBC, of her son.