Osher Scholarship Fund for Former Undergraduate Students Returning to Colorado State University Enters Second Year

The Bernard Osher Foundation has awarded Colorado State University a $50,000 grant for a second year. The scholarship fund is for former undergraduate students re-enrolling at Colorado State.

Colorado State will be awarding up to 12 scholarships in the $4,000 range to re-entry students to help them in their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Applicants for the Osher Re-entry Scholarship must be between the ages of 25 and 50 with a cumulative gap in their education of five or more years.

"We’re pleased that the Bernard Osher Foundation re-awarded us with funds to continue to support adults who have not given up on investing in their economic future," said Jan Rastall, administrator of the Osher Re-entry Scholarship program. "We are seeing some of our first year recipients graduate this spring, thanks to the Osher Foundation. We’ll be looking for recipients for next year who have already made significant progress toward their bachelor’s degree and who have a solid academic success plan in place."     

Other scholarship requirements include a minimum grade point average of 2.75 for all college or university credits already taken as well as a minimum of 60 credits earned from previous coursework toward a selected major.

The Bernard Osher Foundation has made a significant impact on Colorado State. In July 2006, the foundation gave the Division of Continuing Education the first of a series of annual grants of $100,000. Their goal was to help support a lifelong learning center for people over the age of 50.  The Lifelong Learning Institute continues to grow in membership as well as in the variety of courses offered. The classes include such subjects as natural science, history, current events, sustainability as well as arts and culture.

Headquartered in San Francisco, the Bernard Osher Foundation was established in 1977 by Bernard Osher, who is a founding director of World Savings, the second largest savings institution in the United States.

The foundation seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts. It provides post-secondary scholarship funding to colleges and universities across the nation, with special attention to re-entry students.

For more information about the Osher Re-entry Scholarship visit http://www.natsci.colostate.edu/Osher/index.cfm or call Jan Rastall at (970) 491-0415. The priority deadline for the first round of consideration is May 29.