Osher Foundation Reentry Scholarship 

The Osher Foundation Reentry Scholarship was established by The Bernard Osher Foundation to provide assistance to adult learners who otherwise might not be able to afford a college education.

It offers a financial incentive, as well as important recognition, for the most qualified students to work toward degree completion and, ultimately, fulfill their career objectives.

Students selected to be Osher Scholars will:

  • Be between 25 and 50 years of age
  • Have been away from school for a minimum of five years (you can be a current student and be eligible if you meet this requirement)
  • Be working toward the completion of first baccalaureate degree
  • Be enrolled full time (carrying at least 12 hours) part time (carrying a minimum of six credit hours)
  • Have completed a minimum of 30 credits with at least one semester of completed coursework at The University of Akron with a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA.

To demonstrate movement toward their degree objectives, Osher Scholars must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 at the end of the first semester on scholarship. If a student's GPA falls below a 2.0, the student must document the reasons for the substandard performance, and submit a plan of action to raise the GPA.

Having maintained an appropriate GPA and compiled a strong record of academic performance, Osher Scholars who meet the application requirements may have the opportunity to renew their Osher Reentry Scholarship award, and/or receive additional scholarship support when they are admitted to their degree-granting colleges.


Timing: Submission deadline is 5 p.m. on  Tuesday April 11th, 2017. Typically, the current-year's application forms are posted to this site by Feb. 1.

Please complete these three steps.

STEP ONE: Please complete the Osher Foundation Reentry Scholarship application.

STEP TWO:  Immediately following your application, please submit a one-page (only), single-spaced essay regarding your academic and career goals. Highlight any life experiences or extenuating circumstances that pertain to your decision to reenter college. Please include your name and student ID number on your essay. Drop off the essay in our office UA Adult Focus office, Polsky 467 (map and where to park).

STEP THREE: All applicants must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the Student Financial Aid Office, Simmons Hall, 330-972-7032, if you haven't already done so.

STEP FOUR: Hand deliver everything to UA Adult Focus Office, Polsky 467 or mailed to, UA Adult Focus, ATTN: Laura Conley, Director, The University of Akron, Polsky 467 (map and where to park), Akron, Ohio 44325-4110. Please make sure to that your application and essay are together with your name and student ID number.

Also, if you prefer, hard copies of the application (available annually in February) are located in the UA Adult Focus office, Polsky 467 (map and where to park). Should you prefer this method, please attach your essay to the completed hard copy application. They must be submitted together. You can return them to the UA Adult Focus office by the deadline.