Osher scholarships available for adult learners


For the third consecutive year, the Bernard Osher Foundation will ease the financial burden of adult students through a $50,000 grant to The University of Akron to continue The Osher Reentry Scholarship Program – a scholarship specifically dedicated to adult learners.

UA Adult Focus will award 20 scholarships of $2,500 in the 2011-12 academic year. Award recipients, called Osher Scholars, will receive the first awards in the fall 2011 semester.

“The Osher Reentry Scholarship has become an anchor for new interest in adult scholarship opportunities,” says Laura Conley, director of UA Adult Focus. “It has shed light on the scholarship needs of nontraditional and adult students.”

Those eligible for the scholarship must be between 25 and 50 years old; have been away from school for a minimum of five years; be working toward the completion of their first baccalaureate degree; be enrolled full-time (carrying at least 12 credit hours); have a minimum of one semester completed at UA; and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Osher Scholarship applications are available through the UA Adult Focus program, and must be submitted by March 31. Visit Osher Foundation Reentry Scholarship for further information and an online application, or call the UA Adult Focus office at 330-972-5793.

UA is one of 73 institutions, including Pennsylvania State University, Northwestern University and UCLA, to receive this grant funding, which recognizes excellence in adult learning programs.

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 support for higher education and the arts.


Media contact: Sarah Lane, 330-972-7429 or slane@.uakron.edu.