State Audit Criticizes Morgan State For Lack Of Scholarship Oversight

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Morgan State University awarded scholarships of incorrect amounts because of lax review procedures, according to a state audit released Thursday.

A review of five athletic and three honors scholarships in the 2009-2010 academic year found that four students received too little money and two others received too much. No one checked the amounts dispensed by the financial aid office against those offered in the original scholarship letter sent to students, the audit said.

In its response to the audit, the university said that beginning this fall, supervisors will perform monthly checks to make sure students receive the scholarship amounts they were promised. It's hard to know how large the problem was, because the audit examined only a small number of scholarships. But the university awarded a total of $8.5 million in athletic and honors scholarships in 2009-2010.

In a July 15 letter to the state's office of legislative audits, Morgan President David Wilson said the university had made "significant progress" by moving from 17 items of concern in the last state audit three years ago to 10 items of concern this year. "It is our intention to continue to improve upon this for the next audit," Wilson wrote. "Specifically, our goal is to have none of the current audit findings repeated in the next audit."

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