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College Marks Centennial by Offering Tuition at 1932 Prices

August 30, 1991

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) _ Having the luck of the draw in a Hood College lottery next month could save freshman Carter Sieck more than $11,000 in tuition next year.

To celebrate its 100th birthday, the private school in western Maryland is giving 10 students the opportunity to pay what their relatives paid when they attended Hood College in years past.

″The farther back you go the better the bargain you’re going to get,″ said Nancy Gillece, admissions director.

When Hood opened as the Women’s College of Frederick in 1893 with 83 students, tuition was $50 a year. In 1945, it was $350. By 1985, tuition had climbed to $7,540. This year, it was $12,078.

If Ms. Sieck is a winner in the Sept. 28 drawing, she’ll have to pay only $900 for her sophomore tuition next year. That’s what her mother, Courtney Gurley Sieck, paid when she was a sophomore at Hood in 1959-60.

″That’s just like the neatest thing they could do,″ Ms. Sieck, 18, of Baltimore said Thursday from her dorm room where she was recovering from her first day of classes.

Ms. Gillece said the tuition awards are being offered to attract students, increase visibility about Hood’s centennial and strengthen the college’s ties to alumnae. About 6 percent of Hood students have relatives who went to Hood, she said.

Students are eligible to win the tuition awards if they are relatives, by marriage or blood, of former Hood students. The alumnae could have been the student’s parent, child, sibling, spouse, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew.

″Sorry, no cousins,″ said Don Schumaker Jr., a spokesman at Hood. ″It would be too hard to verify.″

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