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NMSU dean offers scholarship to outspoken shooting survivor

Kassi Nelson
April 03, 2018 10:53 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- David Hogg is a survivor of the Parkland, Florida, shooting massacre. He has a 4.2 GPA student, and he is the face of a student-led gun control movement.

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But Hogg made national headlines last week after he revealed he’s been rejected by four California colleges. Fox News host Laura Ingraham posted about it social media and accused him of whining about it.

The dean of New Mexico State Honors College couldn't ignore the battle between Hogg and Ingraham.

"This was a chance for me to let another group of students know of the great opportunity we have to offer at New Mexico State and in the Honors College, in particular," Dean Miriam Chaiken said. "And I was just trying to spread that word."

Chaiken sent out an email to Hogg's school principal and guidance counselors, praising them for educating articulate, thoughtful, and kind young people. She also asked Hogg and his fellow student leaders to give her a call, writing "I can assure them that they will be admitted to our university and I will personally make it my commitment to raise as much funding as I can to support them with scholarships."

Chaiken said she hasn't received a call back, nor have any scholarships been offered since they haven’t applied. But if they did, she would be happy to accept them.

"They strike me as kind of wise beyond their years and very poised," she said. "I doubt if there's many of us at the age of 17 would be able to stand up to a national audience with such poise and courage."

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