New Osher Reentry Scholarship offered at UH Hilo

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Date: Friday, September 14, 2007
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaii at Hilo is pleased to announce a new scholarship for the 2007-2008 academic year. The Osher Reentry Scholarship is intended for students ideally aged 25 to 50 whose collegiate studies at a four-year campus were interrupted by circumstances beyond their control at least five years ago and who now want to resume their university studies.

The University plans to award roughly 25 students scholarships of approximately $2,000 per year. Eligible students include part-time or full-time undergraduates pursuing a first bachelor’s degree in any field of study who have previously been enrolled at any four-year institution, who are approximately 25-50 years old, and have financial need. Students who are currently enrolled, or who are admitted for the Spring 2008 semester, are eligible. Awards will be made on a rolling basis until all funds have been awarded.

The Bernard Osher Foundation has awarded UH Hilo a $50,000 grant for this academic year.

“The unique characteristics of UH Hilo students, with a large number of non-traditional students, makes UH Hilo an ideal place for this new scholarship,” said Dr. Keith Miser, vice chancellor for student affairs. “These students often have financial need, and sometime experience circumstances that cause them to take a break from their college studies. So this scholarship will enable the University to better meet the financial need of our students so that they can pursue their educational goals.”

Reentry students often have special needs, including matriculation and career counseling, familiarization with new information technology used in higher education, and balancing the requirements of their families and employment. The Foundation believes in supporting these students because they impress faculty and staff “as individuals who bring a strong sense of commitment to their studies and often perform at a higher level than more traditionally-aged students.”

The Bernard Osher Foundation, based 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. In addition to providing scholarship funding to colleges and universities across the nation, the Foundation supports a growing national lifelong learning network for adults. UH Hilo is one of 115 sites colleges and universities nationwide that have an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The Institute strives to develop communities of adult learners throughout the Big Island by offering a wide variety of lectures, short courses, educational activities and events.

For more information about the Osher Reentry Scholarship or for an application, contact the UH Hilo Financial Aid Office at (808) 974-7323 or the Minority Access and Achievement Program at (808) 974-7451.

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