UT Tyler revokes around 50 international students' full-ride scholarships

(Source: KLTV News Staff)
(Source: KLTV News Staff)
Published: Apr. 27, 2018 at 10:29 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 28, 2018 at 9:03 AM CDT
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas university has left around 50 international students scrambling to sort out their plans for the upcoming fall semester.

"I was very excited about attending UT Tyler," says prospective student Roushan Poudel. "But my excitement and happiness couldn't last long."

As early as November of 2017, some international students received a letter from UT Tyler saying they received a full-ride scholarship.  Roman Shrestha, from Nepal, was one of them.

"I thought my life would change from this scholarship," says Shrestha. "I would now be able to live my American dream, to learn from trained professionals."

In April, Shrestha received another letter from the university stating that, "due to extraordinary demand, scholarship requests exceeded the amount we had budgeted for. We will not be able to offer you the Presidential Fellow Scholarship."

Kevin Eltife, who serves on the Board of Regents for the University of Texas System, told KTLV that he's concerned about what happened saying, "it is a bad reflection of UT Tyler and the UT system and I will definitely be looking into the situation further to find out what happened."

Around 50 students received the letter, including Poudel.

"This email was catastrophic," says Poudel. "I was very disappointed by UT Tyler and I never expected such actions, such decisions from a reputable university."

In place of the full ride, the university offered the affected students a $5,000 scholarship, renewable each year, which is significantly less than their previous offer.

In a statement the university said the decision on which scholarships would be revoked was based on test performance, which students argue is against their first come- first served policy.

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