Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Colorado State University Awarded $1 Million Endowment from Bernard Osher Foundation

At its board of directors’ meeting on April 13 the Bernard Osher Foundation awarded Colorado State University a $1 million endowment. The endowment will allow the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to operate into perpetuity, offering quality courses and educational opportunities for members aged 50 and better.

In partnership with the Bernard Osher Foundation, Osher at Colorado State University was established in 2006 as one of 119 such institutes nationwide. Osher received an initial investment of $100,000 from the Bernard Osher Foundation and $100,000 annually for the next three years. The institute currently has a member base of 650 dues-paying individuals, a number of volunteers and dedicated space on campus, all of which will help assure its sustainability into the future.

“We are thrilled with the announcement of the $1 million endowment,” said Jean Morgenweck, co-director of Osher at CSU. “Osher is exactly what our community needs and wants – a unique learning experience where people aged 50 and better seek intellectual stimulation, explore new ideas with peers, take part in shaping the world around us, and build new friendships.”

“The institute’s overall success has been dependent on many factors, including the expertise of an outstanding group of faculty offering courses over a wide variety of content themes and the enthusiasm of hundreds of individuals, many of whom helped recruit new members,” said Kevin Oltjenbruns, co-director of Osher at CSU.

In addition to the endowment, CSU has been awarded a $50,000 bridge grant. This grant will provide operating revenue for the institute until the $1 million begins earning interest income.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSU, housed within the Division of Continuing Education, is the university’s only community-based outreach program that provides non-credit, educational experiences to adults aged 50 and better. In spring 2010, at the request of The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and the Loveland Community Fund Committee, Osher expanded its offerings into downtown Loveland.

Curious minds of all ages are welcome to join Osher and take part in the ever-evolving educational offerings and opportunities. Learn more by calling (970) 491-7753 or visit www.learn.colostate.edu/osher .