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RINDGE, N.H. (AP) — Franklin Pierce University is hoping to turn more than 1,000 acres of undeveloped land on its rural campus into a living laboratory.

The private university in Rindge has been awarded a nearly $650,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help academically talented low-income students who are pursuing degrees in biology and environmental science.

In addition to providing $424,000 in scholarships, the funding will boost the school’s Biology and Environmental Science Training Program. The program will focus on more than 1,000 acres on the university’s campus at the base of Mount Monadnock.