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FIVE SURVIVING SEXTUPLETS GUARANTEED FREE COLLEGE

The five surviving Thompson sextuplets have been guaranteed a free college education.

Howard University offered four-year scholarships Monday to each of the 7-month-old Thompson babies: Emily Elizabeth, Richard Linden, Octavia Daniela, Stella Kimberly and AnnMarie Amanda.

By the time the babies enter college, the scholarships will be worth $314,000.

Linden and Jacqueline Thompson were the first black parents in the United States to have sextuplets but they and their newborns were virtually ignored until last month's birth of the McCaughey septuplets in Iowa.

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