Papa John's Scholarships taken from students due to feud with college

Posted at 6:11 AM, Sep 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-14 06:26:19-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Ten students at Simmons College in Louisville suddenly lost their scholarships, with administrators blaming a feud between Papa John's and its estranged founder, John Schnatter.

The Papa John's founder donated a million dollars to the predominately black college earlier this month.

Each student was told they would receive $2,000 each from a $20,000 scholarship.

But the president of Simmons College said he was told on Thursday that the company is withdrawing the money.

Papa John's said administrators at the college declined the scholarships and released an email form the college rejecting them.

But, a school employee who wrote the email said she was instructed to do so by a Papa John's executive.

Simmons administrators said they will find a way to honor the promised scholarships.