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Dickinson College is introducing a new fellowship program to encourage public service and allow students to take a "gap year" (or years) between high school and college. Under the program, students apply as high school seniors and, if admitted, can defer enrollment for one to four academic years. For every year that they spend in public service, they earn a $10,000 credit toward expenses at the college. The students must work for 30-40 hours a week for 10-12 months to be eligible, although they may count work with other programs to encourage service, such as AmeriCorps. The credits do not limit other financial aid the students could receive from the college.