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Osher Reentry Scholarship Program Offers Students a Second Chance Through PEL

posted on 03/13/2006

Eckerd College recently was awarded a $50,000 grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation to support the Osher Reentry Scholarship Program. The Program for Experienced Learners (PEL) will offer scholarships of $2,500 each to cover the cost of tuition for 20 new, reentering students who demonstrate financial need and who are now reentering college as adult learners.

The Scholarship Program specifically targets students between the ages of 25 and 50 whose progress towards a degree was interrupted by the circumstances of life and who are now reentering college to complete their education. Additional criteria are required and students can contact any PEL center to learn how to apply for a scholarship. Students who receive an award will be considered Osher Reentry Scholars.

PEL's Osher Reentry Scholarship Program will be considered for a $50,000 award for 2 additional years. After that time, if the Foundation finds that the program has been successful, it may provide an endowment of $1,000,000 to fund scholarships going forward.

About the Osher Foundation
The Osher Foundation is a charitable foundation established in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a businessman and community leader whose philanthropy has benefited a wide range of educational, cultural and other nonprofit organizations primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area and his native Maine.

In 2005, Eckerd College was selected to be an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Only 3 Florida colleges/universities are part of the network, including Eckerd College, the University of South Florida/Tampa and the University of Miami. Each program has the common thread of providing intellectually stimulating, non-credit learning opportunities for adults age 50 and better.

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