By Associated Press - Friday, November 15, 2019

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A Virginia school system plans to make good on a mistaken pledge to give five high school students annual scholarships of $2,000 each.

Five seniors from the class of 2019 were nominated by their Norfolk schools for a statewide award that recognizes academically successful students who have financial barriers to attending college.

The nominees were supposed to go through a regional selection process, but were given certificates in May that congratulated them for “receiving” the award.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the School Board decided this week to create a special scholarship to fix what board members said was their mistake. They voted to fund the $2,000 annual scholarship for all five students for the next four years. It will cost Norfolk Public Schools a total of $40,000.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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