Nat'l Merit Scholar's WSU dreams dashed

Print
Email
|

by KREM.com / LEE STOLL

KREM.com

Posted on August 28, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 30 at 11:30 AM

Click links below for more details

BOISE, ID. -- An Idaho college student is finally settling in at his second university in just two weeks.

Freshman Robert Kennedy was moving into the dorms last week at Washington State University when he learned his scholarship would not cover his entire tuition.

Kennedy won an $11,000 National Merit Scholarship his senior year in high school. He believed an additional two scholarships would cover the difference for the $18,000 out-of-state tuition to WSU. However, he found out he was $7,000 short from WSU's Financial Aid Office.

Robert's father, Joel, says WSU staff repeatedly told him the difference was covered by the other scholarships.

Robert couldn't afford tuition, so he had to pack up and head home. Kennedy is now a freshman at Boise State University.

WSU President Elson Floyd personally called Kennedy's family to apologize, and the Financial Aid Office issued this statement:

"We are sorry that Robert chose not to pursue his education at WSU. The university has already taken steps to improve the messaging that created confusion for Robert and his family with respect to his scholarships. We are working to insure that, in the future, WSU communicates better with National Merit winners both directly and through our website."

WSU also plans to reimburse the Kennedy family for their travel expenses, deposits, and application fees.

Print
Email
|