Mother fights to receive son's missing college scholarship funds
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A $1,000 scholarship to the University of Louisville that a local family says has never been received.
Eighteen-year-old Quincy DeLong graduated from Male High School in May 2017 and is currently finishing up his first semester in engineering at the J.B. Speed School at the University of Louisville.
DeLong is still waiting for his scholarship money from the Male High School Foundation, a separate entity from Jefferson County Public Schools.
"I had got an email from the University saying that they had not yet received the third-party check from the Foundation," Stephanie Delong, Quincy’s mother explained.
She says Quincy applied for and received a $1,000 Stanley B. Benovitz Scholarship, courtesy of the Male High School Foundation that same month. U of L’s Financial Aid has yet to see the check.
DeLong says she's been reaching out to the Foundation contact for months, as she detailed in a recent conversation.
"I said he's been admitted, he's doing his first fall semester in the engineering school. And he said I don't see his name, I don't know anything about it, I don't have his file in front of me, I'm going to have to get back to you."
She says Quincy is on the Autism Spectrum, he has Aspberger's syndrome.
"We're going to make sure, no matter what it takes that Quincy gets his degree," she said.
Stephanie says the Male High School Foundation told her it never had verification of her son's enrollment as a Cardinal. She showed WHAS11 News Quincy's schedule that was sent to officials showing his status as a college freshman.
"It is very hard, especially for a child who works very hard, who stresses out, who is very hard on themselves."
She says giving up and just moving on isn't an option because Quincy deserves his award, saying to parents, "Advocate for your child, don't be afraid. Don't be afraid because you will have some out there who try to bully you, who try to tell you if you don't do this, we're going to do that."
The Male High School Foundation contact declined to talk to us on camera.
Just shortly before air, U of L’s Financial Aid Office says it did get ahold of the Male High School Foundation and they're told Quincy's check is on the way.
We'll make sure to keep you updated.