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Computer Glitch Costs Student Full Scholarship?

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by

Posted in National News

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN MATEO, Calif.) — A student from northern California says a computer glitch at his high school cost him a full ride to Stanford University.

Lincoln To, 17, finished in the top five of his class at Serra High School in San Mateo and was a finalist for a full scholarship to the university, he told San Diego 6.

But he was disqualified when his school failed to send his transcripts before the deadline, To said.

The school has since admitted it was a technical error that led to the delayed transcripts.

“We have to do what’s right by our students, and we made a mistake,” San Diego Unified School District spokesperson Ursula Kroemer told ABC affiliate KGTV.

Cindy Marten, the school district’s superintendent even sent an official letter to universities explaining that a new computer system led to problems sending the transcripts, and asking for an extension.

In To’s case, it was already too late. He was disqualified, and lost out on his chance for a scholarship to Stanford.

Stanford University has not yet responded to ABC News’ request for comment.

The school district says it is looking into the computer system so the same error doesn’t happen again.

As for To, he moved into the dorms this week at UCLA, where has a full scholarship.


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