University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law needs to plug a $2.4 million hole after officials gave too much scholarship money to first year incoming students. Several students were reportedly granted a scholarship they either shouldn’t have been, or the amount the school offered was way too high. It’s unclear at this time why students were given extra funds, but U of L officials say an internal investigation is looking into the issue.
Students who were awarded the scholarships will still be receiving their awards, said U of L spokesman Mark Hebert.
“They wouldn’t have even known about this if it hadn’t come out in the news media because we are going to honor each and every one of those scholarship awards to those students," he said.
The awards are good for the next three years and officials say they hope to make back that money through its fundraising efforts, but the mistake could potentially affect scholarships given next year.
The problem was discovered by interim dean Susan Duncan two weeks ago, according to reports from the Courier-Journal and admissions dean assistant Brandon Hamilton has since resigned.
The law school’s budget is just over $8 million for the year.