Adult learners can get funds to restart their education

July 18, 2014 11:00 AM

Allison Hjortsberg

The Tulane University School of Continuing Studies has received a $1 million endowment from the Bernard C. Osher Foundation to fund scholarships for adult students who are interested in restarting their higher educational careers.

New scholarships are available for adult learners.

To qualify for an Osher Re-entry Scholarship, applications must be completed no later than Aug. 8, 2014. (Photo from Masterfile)

Beginning in the fall, multiple awards will be available with a maximum of $4,563 per semester, per student. To be eligible for one of the Osher Re-entry Scholarships, applicants must be currently enrolled, part-time students in the School of Continuing Studies between the ages of 25 and 50. Students must have a cumulative interruption of at least five years in their pursuit of higher education, earned at least nine credit hours but not more than 40 (including transfer credit), and demonstrate financial need.

“The mission of the School of Continuing studies is to provide opportunities for the lifelong learning needs of the community by developing professional programs of the highest quality at graduate and undergraduate levels,” says dean Richard Marksbury. “The Osher Re-entry Scholarships will allow us to continue to be advocates for higher education, and meet the needs of adults wanting to grow their educational value.”

The Bernard C. Osher Foundation previously made two $50,000 gifts to the school for re-entry scholarships, but this is the largest gift in the history of the School of Continuing Studies. The foundation supports adult higher education and workforce development around the country. Osher, also known as “the quiet philanthropist,” owned Butterfield & Butterfield, the fourth-largest auction house in the world, which was sold to eBay in 1999.

In order to qualify for an Osher Re-entry Scholarship, applications must be completed no later than Aug. 8, 2014. To apply, or click here.

Allison Hjortsberg is a communications specialist in the Tulane Office of Development Communications. 

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000