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The 1968 Class Committee has estasblished a scholarship fund in memory of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Letters explaining the new fund will be sent to all seniors on Friday.
The fund will be used to finance underprivileged students--preferably Afro-Americans--in areas not usually covered by Harvard financial aid grants, committee-member Peter F. Hagerty '68 said yesterday. A student needing special tutoring before coming to Harvard, for example, would be eligible for the fund's help, he explained.
The Class Committee will administer the fund independently of the administration, with the financial aid office and the deans referring students to it for consideration. Committee members staying in Cambridge next year will meet whenever they receive a request.
These members will also issue a newsletter to their classmates each year on how the fund is being used. The newsletter will include statements on the "interracial situation at Harvard," Hagerty said.
Seniors will solicit contributions from their classmates door-to-door in the Houses starting Wednesday. Tables may later be set up in the dining halls and a notice posted in the Faculty Club to gather money from the rest of the College.
Hagerty originally conceived of the fund as providing full support--tuition and living expenses--for one Negro student here. However, he said, because the committee and most Harvard students believe that Harvard has "a lot of scholarship money," the committee decided to make the fund supplementary to regular aid grants.
Next week's and future soliciations for the fund will be independent of the annual collection for the Harvard College Fund.
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