University of Oregon officials on Thursday announced good news for students who come from middle-income families - a demographic that often loses out on scholarship opportunities.

The $5 million alumni gift would provide scholarships for at least 250 Oregon middle-income students. The Mary Corrigan and Richard Solari Scholarship awards will be for $5,000 per year, and recipients who maintain a 3.0 GPA and take at least 12 credits per term can renew their scholarships for up to four years.

College freshmen enrolling in 2012 and 2013 can apply for the $5,000 scholarships. They must attend all four years of high school in Oregon to qualify. They must also be eligible for a Dean's Scholarship (high school GPA of 3.60).

UO tuition and fees will cost $8,190 this year. The scholarships are open to students from middle-income families - whose families still qualify for financial aid but are not eligible for federal Pell grants.

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