Osher Reentry Scholarship Program
The Bernard Osher Reentry Scholarship Program at Chico State supports new and currently enrolled undergraduate reentry students with need-based aid exclusively for tuition and fees (state university fees, campus-based fees, and/or special session fees only). These scholarships are for reentry students whose studies were interrupted for at least five years by circumstances beyond their control, and who now want to resume their studies at CSU, Chico. A maximum of $3,200 per year may be awarded (some awards may be less) for full-time enrollment (12 undergraduate units or more). Awards for part-time enrollment of more than 6 units and less than 12 undergraduate units may also be made.
In July 2010, the Bernard Osher Foundation awarded CSU, Chico Continuing Education a $1 million scholarship endowment to support reentry students. With this endowment, Chico State will be providing The Bernard Osher Reentry Scholarships at Chico State for many years to come.
For the 2015-2016 academic year, 22 students were awarded a Bernard Osher Foundation Reentry Scholarship. In the last nine years, CSU, Chico Continuing Education has administered and distributed $470,898 in Bernard Osher Foundation Reentry Scholarships to 90 Chico State students.
Osher Reentry Scholarship Program applicants must currently be admitted to CSU, Chico. Eligible applicants – typically aged 25 to 50 – are those whose collegiate studies at a college campus have been interrupted by circumstances beyond their control for at least five years (may be cumulative), and who now want to resume their university studies in an on-campus* degree program. Preference will be given to reentry students who are new admits to CSU, Chico.
Grade Point Average
A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for the scholarship. Newly admitted students must submit transcripts to the Office of Admissions by the scholarship application deadline. Currently enrolled CSU, Chico students do not need to submit transcripts.
Applicants must demonstrate financial need through submission of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California DREAM Act application for AB 540 eligible students, which must be on file by the scholarship application deadline. For some help filling out the FAFSA or DREAM application, take a look at this helpful video or contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office regarding on campus workshops.
Applicants are required to complete the application through Chico State’s Online Scholarship Application. The application period is open in January and February each year.
Almost every scholarship available through Chico State requires a Letter of Recommendation and we encourage all applicants to have a letter submitted on their behalf to be eligible for additional scholarships.
The Osher Reentry Scholarship does NOT require a Letter of Recommendation. Applicants ONLY interested in the Osher Reentry Scholarship must fill in Letter of Recommendation field with “OSHER” for the name and “email@example.com” for the email address. This important step will alert the Scholarship Office you are only interested in the Osher Scholarship.
Once you have completed the General Scholarship Application, you will be “Recommended” for the Osher Reentry Scholarship (if you meet the qualifications). Then answer the additional questions.
The Osher Foundation is eager to have its scholarships benefit students who will contribute to the community once they complete their degree. Within the overall application state your education and career goals, and include information regarding exceptional hardship or obstacles you may have overcome in your pursuit of a college degree.
For Questions or More Information
If you need help accessing the application form, or have any other questions regarding the Osher Reentry Scholarship Program, please contact Regional & Continuing at 530-898-6105.
About The Bernard Osher Foundation
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 benefits programs in integrative medicine, a growing national lifelong learning network for seasoned adults, and an array of performing arts organizations, museums, and selected educational programs.
Students admitted to online degree completion programs are not eligible for Osher Foundation Reentry Scholarships.