Boise State University will offer 25 scholarships annually for students re-entering college through a $1 million endowment from a San Francisco-based foundation.
The Bernard Osher Foundation had previously provided $50,000 a year for scholarships following an annual application by Boise State. The endowment means those scholarships, which are expected to range from $1,250 to $2,500, will continue, university officials said.
Bernard Osher is a San Francisco businessman who began his business career at his familys hardware and supply stores in Maine, according to the foundations website. He has also been a founding director of a large savings institution, and owned a fine art auction house. He is also a collector of 19th and 20th century paintings.
These scholarships are a wonderful development for adult learners who are returning to the classroom after time away, said Mark Wheeler, Boise States dean of Extended Studies. This particular group often has a high need for scholarship assistance but a difficult time finding scholarships for which they qualify.
Scholarship applications are already being accepted for fall. To qualify, students must:
-- Be admitted as a degree-seeking undergraduate student at Boise State in pursuit of a first baccalaureate degree.
-- Be a re-entry student, typically age 25 to 50, whose college studies were interrupted for at least five years (does not have to be five consecutive years).
-- Enroll in primarily face-to-face courses.
-- Have a 3.0 cumulative college grade point average.
-- Demonstrate financial need by completing the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid by June 1.
-- Complete the online application for the Boise State Osher Re-entry Scholarship at http://extendedstudies.boisestate.edu/scholarships/ by June 1.
The Osher Foundation previously gave Boise State a $1 million endowment to run the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.