Reentry Students Invited to Apply for $108k in Osher Reentry Scholarships

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Reentry Students Invited to Apply for $108k in Osher Reentry Scholarship

California State University, Chico Regional & Continuing Education invites reentry students to apply for $108,000 in scholarships through the support from the Bernard Osher and Crankstart Foundations.

Scholarships are awarded to new and currently enrolled reentry students whose studies were interrupted for at least five years by circumstances beyond their control, and who now want to resume their undergraduate studies at CSU, Chico. The deadline for scholarship applications is Thursday, March 2, 5:00 p.m. Scholarship details and an online application are available at:

This is the eleventh consecutive year that the Osher Foundation has supported this scholarship program at CSU, Chico. For the 2016-2017 academic year, 22 students were awarded a Bernard Osher Foundation Reentry Scholarship. In the last ten years, CSU, Chico Continuing Education has administered and distributed $532,277 in Bernard Osher Foundation Reentry Scholarships to 102 CSU, Chico students. In July 2010, the Bernard Osher Foundation awarded CSU, Chico Continuing Education a $1 million scholarship endowment to support reentry students. This year, the Crankstart Foundation has provided an additional $50,000 to fund ten, $5,000 scholarships.

“With the support of the Bernard Osher Foundation, 66 Osher Reentry Scholarship recipients have successfully met their academic goals and graduated. We are very happy to administer an expanding fund this year, as the Crankstart Foundation has generously contributed to our reentry scholarship efforts and funded an additional ten scholarships. If you know a new applicant or current student who may qualify, please encourage them to apply for this reentry scholarship opportunity,” remarked Debra Barger, dean, Regional & Continuing Education.

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 the quality of life through the support of post-secondary scholarships, lifelong learning institutes, select integrative medicine programs, and arts and educational organizations.

In addition to the CSU, Chico Osher Reentry Scholarship endowment, the Bernard Osher Foundation also supports the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on campus. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a peer-led, learning in retirement organization that offers non-credit classes and activities for adults in the region.

For more information please call Regional & Continuing Education, 530-898-6105 or visit