The University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law offered more than twice as much in scholarship money to incoming students than the school had budgeted, university officials said on July 18.
The school had allocated $550,000 for scholarships, but awarded an additional $800,000 to the incoming class of 140 students, university spokesman Mark Hebert said. That means the school’s unintended scholarship burden will be an estimated $2.4 million during the three-year lives of the scholarships.
“That’s the maximum it will be, but we’re hoping the real figure will be lower,” Hebert said.
Brandon Hamilton resigned his position as assistant dean for admissions on July 16, after the mistakes in the scholarship offers were discovered by interim dean Susan Duncan, Hebert said. Duncan, who took over on July 1 following the departure of dean Jim Chen, was reviewing the scholarship offers when she realized that they seemed high compared to previous years. The university is still investigating how the mistake happened, Hebert said.
A preliminary analysis found that about 108 of the 140 members of the incoming class received a scholarship offer, Hebert said. Of those, between two thirds and three quarters either were wrongly offered a scholarship or offered more money than they should have been.
The law school will honor those commitments, but might have to cut assistance to next year’s incoming class as a result or reduce funding for other programs. The law school has access to some “rainy day” endowment funds, but that money will not cover the entire cost of the unintended scholarships, Hebert said.
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