Education: Cultivating Late Bloomers

Smith's Ada Comstock Scholars give more than they take

For most undergraduates at elite Smith College in Northampton, Mass., the road to one of the Seven Sisters has been smooth and untroubled. Despite the considerable work load there is always the comfortable feeling that the $8,430-a-year tuition bill will be met. But Gilda Palano is different. For a start, she is 48, and when she graduates next year with a B.A. in anthropology and sociology she will have overcome more obstacles than most of the young women around her will face in a lifetime....

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