HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - Returning adult students at University of Hawaii at Hilo now have a permanent source of scholarship support thanks to a $1 million award from The Bernard Osher Foundation.
Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year the Osher Reentry Scholarship Endowment will provide a minimum of 25 scholarships per year, to older students whose education has been interrupted for five or more years.
The Osher Foundation has annually supported scholarships for reentry students at UH Hilo since 2007. "The Osher Reentry Scholarship Program is one of the most important initiatives of the Foundation," noted Mary Bitterman, Osher Foundation president. "We are delighted to award an endowment grant to UH Hilo to assist nontraditional students in completing their degrees and realizing their dreams."
To date The Bernard Osher Foundation has given $3,550,000 to support reentry students at UH Mânoa, UH Hilo and UH West Oahu
"We are so very grateful to The Osher Foundation for its long and dedicated support of the University of Hawai'i in its mission of providing a quality, affordable education to the broadest population possible," said President M.R.C. Greenwood, University of Hawai'i System. "In this economy in particular, when non-traditional students are re-tooling themselves for a changed work environment, the Osher gift makes it possible for us to play an active role in restoring our economy to health by providing this educational resource to people of all ages and walks of life."