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Brooklyn student says school's mistake could cost her scholarship

June 24, 2013 2:41:02 PM PDT
After a stellar basketball career in high school, one Brooklyn senior may lose her college scholarship.

Her famly blames the high school.

Ariel Cammock was such a basketball star at Brooklyn Generation High School in Canarsie, Iona College in New Rochelle offered her a 4 year scholarship to start this fall.

But to get that, she had to be deemed academically eligible by the NCAA.

She and her family claim the school has repeatedly failed to turn in routine paperwork, putting her scholarship in jeopardy.

"All I worked for vanished, just because of my school," said Cammock. "And I'm like, wait, isn't my school supposed to help me?"

The family reached out to attorney Ed Kratt.

"All I've gotten from the school, as well as the chancellor's office, is the cold shoulder," said Kratt.

Monday, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott responded.

"The NCAA decided the child did not meet eligibility requirements, and so we work closely with the school and we have been communicating with the family around that," said Walcott. "Unfortunately the child did not qualify."

"For them to say that they have been working closely with the school and the family is incorrect, it's insulting," said Kratt.

Ariel's father is heartsick about the potential loss of a $250,000 scholarship

"I may not be able to afford to send her to college," said Everol Cammock. "This is an amazing opportunity for all of us."

Ariel has a plea to education officials.

"I just want to say please help me, I've done everything I can for the school," she said. "I've helped us get to a championship, and I've helped the teachers. Every teacher knows me and loves me in that school, so help my dreams come true."


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