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Sunday, 17 February, 2002, 17:20 GMT
Scholarships for terror attack children
Gordonstoun will offer two scholarships
Children of victims of the 11 September terror attacks in the US are to be offered scholarships by two boarding schools in Scotland.

Gordonstoun School in Moray, where the Duke of Edinburgh and his three sons were educated, is to begin promoting its scholarships in the US this month.

And Rannoch boarding school in Perthshire is also believed to be offering scholarships to children orphaned in the attacks.

American children aged between seven and 16 who lost one or both parents in the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington will be able to apply.

Rannoch school in Perthshire
Rannoch school: "Citizens of the world"
British children who lost parents in terrorist attacks will also be invited to participate.

Gordonstoun is offering two places on its six-week summer school, each worth 3,000, from this July.

Candidates will be selected following an interview by the three-member panel of the Gordonstoun American Foundation, which is based in Manhattan, New York, from this month.

Successful applicants will join some 250 children from more than 30 countries for the summer school which takes place over July and August.

Full scholarship

If they enjoy the experience they will then be invited to apply for a full Gordonstoun scholarship, worth 18,500 a year.

A spokesperson for the school said: "We are offering this scholarship because we are a truly international school and our aim is to turn our young people into full and active citizens of the world."

Rannoch school is also reported to be arranging at least one full scholarship from this September.

Under the scheme, 120-pupil Rannoch, - based 25 miles west of Pitlochry on the shores of Loch Rannoch - will waive half of its annual 15,000 boarding fee.

Its scheme has been bolstered by the Twin Towers Orphans Fund, which has raised US$3m (2.1m), and has pledged to contribute to the scholarship initiative, it is believed.

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