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Hundreds of students sent erroneous email, told they got full-ride scholarship

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Hundreds of students who thought they were getting full-ride scholarships will have to find a different way to pay for college.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program emailed Texas physics teacher Kristin Cotton that her student Torrean Johnson had earned a full ride to the college of his choice. Cotton had nominated Johnson.

The email to his teacher was one of 276 erroneously sent to teachers nationwide.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program apologized in a written statement from the United Negro College Fund.

"To our deep embarrassment, we've discovered through feedback from many of you that an error by a member of our staff led to you receiving incorrect information ... We deeply regret if this has in any way inconvenienced you and/or the student."

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