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State audit finds major issues with LSU Scholarships

3 years 3 weeks 1 day ago June 02, 2014 Jun 2, 2014 Monday, June 02 2014 June 02, 2014 5:48 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE- The State Legislative Auditor is raising serious questions tonight about scholarships awarded by the LSU Board of Supervisors.

At issue is the way the scholarships were awarded and who was keeping those records.

"They didn't log in the applicants when an application was received," Ernest Summerville with the Legislative Auditor's Office said. "So, your son or daughter could have applied but if it was lost or misplaced, there was no record of that."

The auditor also couldn't find any criteria that was used to determine how the students were awarded the scholarships.

"When we asked for documentation and reviewed the documentation there was no indication on what those awards were based on," Summerville said.

The audit shows 11 students received scholarships who had a grade point average below a 3.0. LSU also had bad records which didn't even indicate 17 students received scholarship money.

LSU responded to the audit and said procedures will be put in place by next year to rectify these issues. LSU will make sure that there is criteria in place on how the scholarships go out.  Tracking applicants will also become a reality.

"You want to know if your son or daughter applies for a scholarship that they have an equal chance to get it," Summerville said. "The way it's done without selection criteria, your son or daughter could be eligible, but how the applicants were selected, we can't determine that."

University leaders declined to do an on-camera interview about this matter.

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