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School error may have kept student from scholarship

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -

A mistake by a student's high school administration cost him a full scholarship to Stanford University.

Finishing in the top five in his class, Lincoln To, 17, was a finalist for a full ride to the university. But when his school failed to send his transcripts to Stanford by their deadline, he was disqualified.

“I think considering the fact that I was rejected purely because they made a mistake, that made me really upset,” To told ABC's San Diego 6.

“Especially considering they refused to admit that they had made the mistake,” continued To.

The school has admitted that his transcript fell through the cracks.

"Yes, we made a mistake and the materials were not sent by the deadline," San Diego Unified School District spokesperson Ursula Kroemer said.

"It's really unfortunate. I'm so sorry about what happened to Lincoln's submission, but it did give us the opportunity to say, how we can make sure this doesn't happen again?" explained Kroemer.

The school had been experiencing technical issues with its transcript system, but Kroemer asserted that those issues were separate from To's situation.

According to the high school, it has updated the system that deals with transcripts and is reviewing its policies. Kroemer said that To's case is an isolated incident.

The school district's superintendent sent official letters to universities explaining that a new computer system led to transcripts being delayed and asking for extensions.

Though for To, it was too late. He was disqualified from candidacy and lost his chance for a scholarship at Stanford.

Stanford University does not comment on the status of applicants.

To's collegiate dreams will come true though-he moved into the dorms at UCLA Wednesday, where he has a full scholarship.

*ABC News contributed to this story.

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