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Former law school admissions director is accused of secretly raising scholarship offers

Posted Jul 16, 2013 9:19 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The former admissions director for University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law has been indicted based on allegations that he raised scholarship offers without authorization.

Brandon Lane Hamilton has been charged with unlawfully accessing a computer, report the Louisville Courier-Journal and Whas11.com. He is accused of going into the computer system and raising scholarship offers. In a typical case, the Courier-Journal says, Hamilton raised the scholarship offer from $4,000 to $10,000.

The law school is honoring the scholarship offers, which were about $2.4 million higher than the allotted budget. The school has said it will use endowment money and "rainy day funds” to make up the difference for the 104 students who benefited.

Interim law dean Susan Duncan discovered the scholarship issue on her sixth day on the job. She says safeguards are now in place to prevent a future problem. "We have better control over who can do the scholarships, when they should be given out and how we do fee waivers," Duncan told Whas11.com.

Hamilton will be arraigned on July 22. He is currently the admissions director for the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Ore.

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