Reentry Students Invited to Apply for $50,000 in Osher Reentry Scholarships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 04-20-2011

Joe Wills
530-898-4143
Public Affairs
Joe Picard
Regional and Continuing Education
530-898-6105

California State University, Chico’s Regional and Continuing Education invites reentry students to apply for $50,000 in scholarships from the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Scholarships are awarded to reentry students whose studies were interrupted for at least five years by circumstances beyond their control, and who now want to resume their studies at CSU, Chico.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the Osher Foundation has supported this scholarship program at CSU, Chico. For the 2010-2011 academic year, 17 students were awarded the Bernard Osher Foundation Reentry Scholarships. In the last four years, CSU, Chico Continuing Education has administered and distributed $200,000 in Bernard Osher Foundation Reentry Scholarships to 44 Chico State students. In July 2010, the Bernard Osher Foundation awarded CSU, Chico Continuing Education a $1 million scholarship endowment to support reentry students.

“There are many adults who want to finish their undergraduate degrees but don’t have the financial support to assist them. The Osher Reentry Scholarship provides this support. It has been very rewarding to see our early recipients become successful students again and accomplish their goal of degree completion,” said Debra Barger, dean of CSU, Chico Regional and Continuing Education.

The Bernard Osher Foundation, headquartered in San Francisco, was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader. The foundation seeks to improve quality of life through the support of post-secondary scholarships, lifelong learning institutes and integrative medicine programs. There are currently 77 universities and colleges in 36 states and the District of Columbia that receive scholarship funding from the Osher Reentry Scholarship Program.

Scholarship details and an online application are available at http://rce.csuchico.edu/osherscholarships. The deadline for scholarship applications is Monday, May 16, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

For more information please call the CSU, Chico Regional and Continuing Education office, 530-898-6105.

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