Students get erroneous emails about scholarships

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SEATTLE - Hundreds of students who applied for Gates Millennium Scholarships got conflicting and erroneous emails about whether they got the scholarships.

The incorrect emails about the scholarships were sent by the United Negro College Fund, which administers many of the scholarships.  

Torrean Johnson and his physics teacher Kristin Cotton, of Fort Worth, Texas, received one of the emails.

“Congratulations. We’re very pleased to inform you of your selection,” Cotton said. “I was so excited, I just called him [Johnson] right away.”

“For a second, I was in utter joy. Then I looked up on my email, and it turned out I didn’t really get it,” Johnson told TV station WFAA.

The UNCF sent Johnson a separate email turning him down saying, “"To our deep embarrassment, we have discovered through feedback from many of you that an error by a member of our staff led to you receiving incorrect information." 

The incident also happened to 275 other students nationwide.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private philanthropy in the world.  It gave money to UNCF and several other organizations several years ago to administer the Gates Millennium Scholarship program. More information about the scholarships can be found here:  www.gmsp.org/publicweb/scholarships.aspx