High school transcript troubles could put Oklahoma seniors’ scholarships at risk

MUSTANG, Okla. – A glitch in a high school computer system could wind up costing some metro seniors possible scholarships.

College application deadlines are approaching fast, but Kaitlyn Morrison and the rest of her senior class at Mustang High School can’t get a hold of their transcripts.

Kaitlyn Morrison said, “We don’t know what to put on our college applications because we have no idea what our real GPA is.”

School officials say a glitch in a computer system that powers Mustang’s electronic transcripts has been changing student GPA’s for weeks.

It’s giving weight to un-weighted courses, making GPA’s higher than they should be.

Until they fix the glitch, school officials say no one gets a transcript.

To be considered for scholarship opportunities at OU or OSU, applications are due this Saturday, Feb. 1 and both schools require an official transcript.

“I was like, ‘Well you guys know that I have to apply by Saturday, that’s my deadline to apply is Saturday?’ And they’re like, ‘We know,” says Kaitlyn Morrison. “Our school just doesn’t care. They just keep saying sorry.”

Morrison had her eyes on a school in South Carolina but that school’s deadline was in December.

The computer glitch caused her to miss it.

Jona Morrison, Kaitlyn’s mother, says, “She shouldn’t be stressing out about things like this. She has enough to worry about.”

Morrison is a single mom and says the Feb. 1 scholarship deadline for their family is critical.

“I can’t afford to send her to college,” she said. “So, we were depending on the scholarships.”

Kaitlyn Morrison says, “If I don’t get them, I’m going to have a ton of student loans.”

With two days to go, Kaitlyn and her senior class just hope there is still time.

“It’s not fair. What am I supposed to do if I can’t apply by the deadline?” says Kaitlyn Morrison. “They’re not going to be like, ‘Oh, you go to Mustang? It’s okay, you can turn yours in next month when they get it all figured out.”

On Thursday, Mustang’s Superintendent Sean McDaniel released the following statement,

“Thanks to the diligent work of our high school counselors, transcripts are going out today for students who requested them. Transcripts for students applying to Oklahoma universities that use a common app were sent yesterday electronically. We are working diligently with the software vendor to find the cause of the error. The errors will not affect college or university entrance or valedictorian status.”

McDaniel assured NewsChannel 4 the last-minute scramble is the first of its kind for Mustang.