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College offers free tuition to Sago miners' children

March 06, 2006

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Wesleyan College is offering full-tuition scholarships to the dependent children of the 12 men who died in Sago Mine and the children of the man who survived with brain damage.

"All of us were deeply saddened by the events at Sago," President William R. Haden said Wednesday. "The entire Wesleyan campus community clearly wants to help each of the families in providing educational options for the future."

Students also would be eligible for state and federal financial aid, as well as scholarships from foundations and organizations.

Wesleyan costs about $26,880 a year, including tuition, fees, room and board.

More than 90 percent of students currently receive one or more scholarships.

The Wesleyan campus is about four miles from the mine.

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