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Osher Reentry Scholarship Program


The Foundation defines reentry students as individuals who have experienced an interruption in their education of five or more years and who want to resume their education at the undergraduate level. This scholarship is intended to benefit students who have considerable years of employability ahead of them—ideally aged 25 to 50.

NOTE TO STUDENTS: The Foundation does not make grants to students directly. Colleges and universities administer the scholarship program after receiving support from the Foundation. A list of institutions offering Reentry Scholarships is below. In all cases, students apply for the scholarship through the college or university, not the Osher Foundation.

Qualified students may include part- and full-time students, with a preference given to newly matriculating students. Applicants should have financial need, academic promise and a commitment to completing their degree. The Foundation requires that scholarship awards be applied to student tuition fees exclusively.

Reentry students often have special needs including matriculation and career counseling, familiarization with new information technology used in higher education and balancing the requirements of their families and employment. The Foundation supports select institutions that have established services that address these needs and aid in the success of reentering students.

The Foundation considers institutional grants of up to $50,000 a year with a possible renewal for a second or third year. Upon demonstrated success, the Foundation will consider establishing endowments to provide permanent support for the Osher Reentry Scholarships.


Proposals for Osher Reentry Scholarship grants are accepted by invitation only. The Foundation only supports 4-year institutions that serve reentry students for this program. Osher Reentry Scholarships may be awarded to students who
• have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of five or more years;

• are at the undergraduate level and pursuing their first baccalaureate degree;

• anticipate workforce participation for a significant period of time subsequent to graduation and ideally be aged 25-50 years;

• demonstrate financial need;

• show academic promise and a commitment to obtaining their degree.

This grant in not intended for graduate students or students seeking an additional degree. It is not intended for students who are exclusively enrolled in online courses or for international students who are visiting the United States with the intention of returning to their countries of origin after graduation.

Application Procedure

The Foundation is not currently seeking new grantees for this program. Notice of any plans to expand the program would be posted on this webpage. If your college or university would like the Foundation to be aware of your institution and its services for Reentry students, a brief letter of introduction should address these points.

• Approximately, how many students at the institution are pursuing their first baccalaureate degree and are between the ages of 25 and 50?

• Describe the special needs of reentry students and how those needs are addressed at the institution. Is there a unit within the institution dedicated to reentry and/or non-traditional students? If so, when did it begin offering services?

• What other services also help reentry students achieve success (evening/weekend courses, counseling services, childcare, etc.)?

Letters should be addressed to Andy Lynch, Program Officer, The Bernard Osher Foundation, One Ferry Building, Suite 255, San Francisco, CA 94111. Your letter will be reviewed and kept on file.


After endowing scholarships for non-traditional students at Mills College and Dominican University of California, the Foundation launched the Osher Reentry Scholarship Program in the summer of 2005. Currently, including Mills and Dominican, this program includes 90 institutions in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Arizona State University*
Boise State University*
Boston College*
Boston University*
Bryn Mawr College*
Brown University
California State University, Chico*
California State University, East Bay*
California State University, Long Beach*
California State University, Sacramento*
California State University, San Bernardino*
Claflin University*
Colorado State University*
Creighton University*
Delaware State University
Eckerd College*
George Mason University*
Georgetown University
Granite State College*
Hampton University*
Indiana University*
Iowa State University
Kennesaw State University*
Loyola University*
Middle Tennessee State University*
Menlo College*
Morgan State University*
New York University*
North Dakota State University
Northwestern University*
The Pennsylvania State University*
Pitzer College*
Reed College*
Rochester Institute of Technology*
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey*
San Francisco State University*
Southern Oregon University*
Spelman College*
Texas State University at San Marcos*
The New School*
Towson University*
Tufts University*
Tulane University
University Center, The University of South Dakota*
The University of Akron*
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The University of Alabama*
University of Alaska Fairbanks*
University of California, Berkeley*
University of California, Davis*
University of California, Los Angeles*
University of California, Riverside*
University of California, Santa Cruz*
University of Hawaii, Hilo*
University of Hawaii, Manoa*
University of Hawaii, West Oahu*
University of Louisville
University of Massachusetts, Boston*
University of Miami*
University of Michigan, Flint
University of Minnesota*
The University of Mississippi
University of Missouri, Columbia*
University of Missouri, Kansas City*
The University of Montana*
University of Nevada, Las Vegas*
University of New Mexico
University of North Carolina, Charlotte*
University of North Carolina, Wilmington*
The University of Oklahoma*
University of Oregon*
University of Richmond*
University of San Francisco*
University of South Florida*
University of Southern Maine*
University of the Pacific*
University of Utah*
University of Vermont*
University of Virginia*
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin, Madison*
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee*
University of Wyoming*
Wellesley College*
West Virginia University
Wichita State University
Widener University*
Yale University

*Endowed program