Oregon scholarships aimed at middle class

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A 1946 University of Oregon graduate is donating $5 million for scholarships for the children of middle-class families.

To qualify for the $5,000-a-year grants, students must show financial need, but they can't be eligible for federal grants that target low-income students.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/nYIWVg ) that undergraduate tuition and fees are $8,190 this year.

Students who register for at least 12 credits a term and keep a 3.0 grade-point average can renew the scholarships for up to four years. The applicants have to have attended four years of high school in Oregon, with a 3.6 average.

Longtime donor Mary Corrigan Solari says she wants to, as she puts it, "help Oregonians caught in the middle."

She grew up in Klamath Falls and now lives in Aptos, Calif.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com