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Women will be eligible this year for the Rhodes scholarship because of the passage of a bill by the British Parliament barring sexual discrimination.
The wording of the scholarship now stipulates that it be given to a qualified "citizen of the United States" rather than to a "male citizen," Joseph Healy, counselor at the Office of Career Services and Off-Campus Learning (OCS-OCL) said yesterday.
About six women have already gone into the OCS-OCL to pick up applications for scholarship, which includes $5000 a year for a two-year stay at Oxford University.
Last year 110 people applied for the scholarship from Harvard. With the addition of female applicants, Healy said he expects the number of applicants to rise to around 150.
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