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National Briefing / Arizona

ASU scholarship to honor Obama

April 12, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Stung by criticism of its decision not to award President Obama an honorary degree when he makes a commencement address next month, Arizona State University announced that it would rename a scholarship program for the president.

Arizona State President Michael Crow also issued an apology for the "confusion" surrounding the honorary-degree decision. He said in a statement that Arizona State would name its "most important" scholarship the President Barack Obama Scholars program. Crow's statement also said Arizona State was expanding the program to offer thousands of needy students a chance to attend the university.

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