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Aug 30, 2015 1:12 PM

Student awarded 200-year-old full scholarship to Dartmouth

The Associated Press

WHEELOCK, Vt. (AP) — A 20-year-old is the latest resident of the Vermont town of Wheelock to take advantage of a quirky scholarship that allows him to attend Dartmouth College tuition-free.

Noah Manning says he was in third grade when he first heard about the special deal for students from his rural town — if they could get in.

Despite the offer, the scholarship has only been used nine times in almost 200 years.

The scholarship came about because what became Wheelock was granted to the college in 1785 by the Vermont Legislature and the college collected rents from the town that kept it afloat in its early years.

In the 1830s a grateful Dartmouth president offered to educate Wheelock students.


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