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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A Raleigh couple is giving North Carolina State University $3 million to start a program to help rural students get into the school.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that the gift from Joseph and Deborah Kapp Gordon is designed to increase the chance of admission for rural students, as well as helping them afford to stay in school.

The Gordons say they want to help offset the rising cost of education and tougher admission requirements. They own a group of animal hospitals.

Joseph Gordon points out that North Carolina State is a land-grant university and the school should help people from rural areas. The veterinarian is a 1986 graduate of the school.

The program will start by helping students prepare for standardized college entrance exams.

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