Osher Re-entry Scholarship Program

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.

The Foundation provides post-secondary scholarship funding to colleges and universities across the nation, with special attention to reentry students. It also supports a national lifelong learning network for seasoned adults. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, operating on the campuses of 119 institutions of higher education from Maine to Hawaii and Alaska, have a National Resource Center at Northwestern University. In addition, the Foundation benefits programs in integrative medicine in the United States and Sweden, including centers at the University of California, San Francisco; Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm; Northwestern University; and Vanderbilt University. Finally, an array of performing arts organizations, museums, and educational programs in Northern California and in Mr. Osher’s native state of Maine receive Foundation grants” (Excerpt from http://www.osherfoundation.org/index.php?index).

The School of Continuing and Professional studies (SCPS) is the beneficiary of a generous $1 million endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation for returning students working toward undergraduate degree completion. Preference is given to newly matriculating students and previous Osher Reentry Scholars who have experienced a gap in time of at least five years in during the pursuit of a degree. This gap in time need not be consecutive.

For more information about the foundation, please see the Osher Scholars and Fellows Program website‌.