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Osher Reentry Scholarship for Undergraduate Students

Priority deadline to submit an application is February 15th, 2015. 

The Osher Reentry Scholarship Program is designed to provide tuition assistance to individuals who meet the minimum qualifications described below. The Bernard Osher Foundation understands that some students either don’t start college right after high school, or end up taking an extended break due to personal challenges, financial hardships, illness or family responsibility. For an individual who is ready to commit to finishing their undergraduate degree in any discipline, the Osher Reentry Scholarship may help him/her reach that goal.  

This grant is 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.

Osher Reentry Scholarship awards must be applied to student tuition exclusively. Funds will not be used for books, lab fees, or other costs. Successful applicants receive a tuition grant of up to $2,500; up to $1,250 disbursed the first semester and up to $1,250 disbursed the second semester, contingent upon maintenance of good academic standing.

Criteria and Evaluation
A selection committee will review all applications, and evaluate the applicants based on the following criteria. Applicants must

  • Have experienced a cumulative gap in education of five or more years*
  • Be at the undergraduate level and pursuing a first baccalaureate degree
  • Anticipate workforce participation for a significant period of time subsequent to graduation and ideally be between the ages of 25-50
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Show academic promise and a commitment to obtaining the degree
  • Be either full- or part-time students

The scholarship is a commitment for the 2015-2016 academic year only, however if offered again at UM in future years, Osher Reentry Scholars are invited to reapply.

*Gap in education needs to be a cumulative gap of 5 years (60 months) or more, in any configuration. Example 1: A student takes a year off after high school, then starts community college but drops out after a semester, takes 2 full years off, returns for a year, then leaves for another 3 years and now wants to start at UM. Gap = 5+ years. Example 2: An individual never starts college, but at age 30 has decided they’d like to get a degree. Gap = approx. 12 years. Example 3: An individual has 3 years of college completed, but leaves school to work full-time. At age 40, he is laid-off and realizes that completing his degree will broaden his career options. Gap = approx. 19 years.

Application deadline
The priority scholarship application deadline for academic year 2015-2016 is February 15th, 2015. Applications will be accepted until all awards are filled.  Award recipients will be notified by letter beginning March 1.

Post-Award Information
Successful applicants will be named Osher Reentry Scholars for the 2015-2016 academic year. Scholars will be linked with UM’s support services that are designed to help adults balance their family, work, and school responsibilities in order to achieve their educational goals. Scholars are expected to attend a special orientation and welcome in the fall and offer feedback on the program that will help strengthen it in future years.

The application is currently available to print under Documents and Forms; Scholarship Forms.

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