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Candidate Carson backs off West Point scholarship claim

2016 Elections

Candidate Carson backs off West Point scholarship claim

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ben Carson’s campaign says the Republican White House hopeful was not offered a formal scholarship to the United States Military Academy at West Point as he wrote in his autobiography. Carson’s campaign sought Friday to clarify a statement in his breakout book, “Gifted Hands.” Campaign spokesman Doug Watts says Carson was an […]

Candidate Carson backs off West Point scholarship claim

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ben Carson’s campaign says the Republican White House hopeful was not offered a formal scholarship to the United States Military Academy at West Point as he wrote in his autobiography.

Carson’s campaign sought Friday to clarify a statement in his breakout book, “Gifted Hands.”
Campaign spokesman Doug Watts says Carson was an ROTC student in high school, and his supervisors told him they could help him get an appointment.

Students granted admission to West Point are said to earn appointments to the military academy, which come with tuition, room and board and expenses fully paid. In exchange, they serve for five years in the Army after graduation.

Watts says Carson considered but ultimately did not seek admission to West Point.
The story was first reported Friday by Politico.

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