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Under a new program unveiled last month, students in the Union, N.J., public schools will be able to complete the equivalent of their freshman year at Seton Hall University while still in high school.

To qualify for the program, high school sophomores in Union must attain a minimum combined score of 1,000 on the P.S.A.T. and have a 4.0 grade-point average.

As juniors, the students can then register for up to 16 credits of Seton Hall courses offered on their high school campuses.

During the senior year, participants can take an additional 16 credits if they maintain a 3.75 G.P.A. and score a minimum of 1,100 on the S.A.T.

The cost to complete the program is $2,040. The total annual cost for a regular student at Seton Hall is now about $20,000.

"It's really to inspire all of the students, especially those who are in the college-prep program, to achieve to their potential,'' said James M. Caulfield, the superintendent of the Union schools.

Nestle U.S.A. has launched a computer data base of college scholarships available to members of minority groups.

The data base offers free information on more than 600 scholarships.

Interested students should write to NestlÀe to request an application form. Personal-background data from the form will be used to match students with a list of scholarships for which they are qualified.

For additional information, write to NestlÀe U.S.A., Community Affairs, 800 North Brand Blvd., Glendale, Calif. 91203.

The American Council on Education has published a new directory of programs, services, and publications directed at members of minority groups in higher education.

The book lists more than 2,000 curriculum projects, initiatives in academic disciplines, faculty-development programs, and student-recruitment efforts.

The directory also features entries on 75 foundations known for their support of minority initiatives and lists 225 publications that focus on minority issues in higher education.

Copies of the book, Sources: Diversity Initiatives in Higher Education, are available for $35 each from the A.C.E., Publications Department M.S.B., 1 Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. 20036.

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