UQ dishes out scholarships then takes them back

THE University of Queensland has been labeled an 'Indian giver' after dishing out scholarships to prospective students on Christmas Eve only to renege on the offer in the new year.

400 prospective students who have experienced financial hardship were emailed by The University of Queensland offering them UQ-Link Access Scholarships valued at $3000 a year for up to four years, a special bonus to their OP rank, a $500 bursary and access to a range of support services.

University of Queensland Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Joanne Wright said the scholarships were offered due to an 'administrative error'.

"The University of Queensland apologises unreservedly to approximately 400 prospective students who were incorrectly offered a 2014 UQ-Link Access Scholarship on Christmas Eve," Ms Wright said

"These offers were inadvertently made through an administrative error.

"The University regrets any disappointment or distress caused by this error."

Students took to the University of Queensland's Facebook page to vent their disappointment.

Kathryn Waight commented on the page on behalf of a friend's daughter, saying that her dream had been destroyed.

"A friend's daughter was offered a scholarship by your university, this offer has now been taken back by you," the family friend said.

"Can you possibly imagine the sadness and disappointment that this has caused this young lady and her family?

"Please reconsider your decision and give this fine young Australian back her dream. Thank you."

"I am in a quandary and maybe you can explain this to me. How is it possible to award someone a scholarship and then rescind it without explanation?" Peter Stathis said.

"It may be time to go back to snail mail? Give you time to think about what you're doing before you pull the trigger," Michael Hughes posted.