CSU, Chico News

Reentry Students Invited to Apply for $50K in Osher Reentry Scholarships

Date: 02-16-2015

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Jeff Layne
Continuing Education

California State University, Chico 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 undergraduate studies at CSU, Chico. The deadline for scholarship applications is Monday, March 2, at 5 p.m. Scholarship details and an online application are available at rce.csuchico.edu/osherscholarship.

This is the ninth consecutive year that the Osher Foundation has supported this scholarship program at CSU, Chico. For the 2014-15 academic year, 20 students were awarded a Bernard Osher Foundation Reentry Scholarship. In the past eight years, CSU, Chico Continuing Education has administered and distributed $410,081 in Bernard Osher Foundation Reentry Scholarships to 81 CSU, Chico students. In July 2010, the Bernard Osher Foundation awarded CSU, Chico Continuing Education a $1 million scholarship endowment to support reentry students.

“We are happy once again to be able to offer this reentry student scholarship through the generous support of the Bernard Osher Foundation,” said Debra Barger, dean of CSU, Chico Regional and Continuing Education. “We encourage eligible newly admitted and current reentry students to take advantage of this opportunity. In 2014 we celebrated seven students who achieved their academic goals and graduated through the support of this scholarship. If you know a student who may be eligible, please extend this invitation.”

The Bernard Osher Foundation, headquartered in San Francisco, was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a businessman and community leader. The foundation seeks to improve quality of life through the support of postsecondary scholarships, lifelong learning institutes and integrative medicine programs. There are currently 119 universities and colleges in all 50 states and the District of Columbia that receive scholarship funding from the Osher Reentry Scholarship Program.

In addition to the CSU, Chico Osher Reentry Scholarship endowment, the Bernard Osher Foundation also supports the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on campus. OLLI is a peer-led learning-in-retirement organization that offers more than 200 noncredit classes and activities for adults in the region.

For more information, please call the Continuing Education office, 530-898-6105, or visit http://rce.csuchico.edu.