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Osher Reentry Scholarship Program

The purpose of the Osher Reentry Scholarship Program is to provide scholarships to assist non-traditional students who are re-entering college with tuition and fee expenses.

About the Bernard Osher Legacy

The Bernard Osher Foundation has provided universities across the country with funding to help with tuition and fee expenses for students, aged 25 to 50, wishing to return to school to complete their first undergraduate degree. To learn more about the Osher Reentry Scholarship Program nationwide, visit the Foundation's website at

West Virginia University began offering the Osher Reentry Scholarship in 2011 and is grateful to the Osher Foundation for providing the opportunity to assist non-traditional, re-entry students with their education and career opportunities.

Purpose of the Award

The purpose of the Osher Reentry Scholarship program is to provide scholarships to assist non-traditional, re-entry students with tuition expenses. Re-entry students are defined as those who have experienced a cumulative interruption in their education of five or more years and want to resume their undergraduate studies to complete their first baccalaureate degree. The scholarship is intended to benefit students who have considerable years of employment ahead of them.

Award Benefits

No individual Osher Reentry Scholarship may exceed $5,000 per academic year, and the scholarship is available for tuition and fees only. Scholarships may be renewable. Applicants must maintain a 2.5 overall grade point average.

Who is Eligible to Apply for This Scholarship?

Applicants must:

  1. Be between 25 and 50 years of age;
  2. Have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of five or more years;
  3. Be newly matriculating as a freshman, returning to, or transferring to West Virginia University at an undergraduate level and pursuing a first baccalaureate degree;
  4. Be admitted to WVU at the time of scholarship selection;
  5. Be enrolled full-time (twelve hours or more) or part-time (at least six hours);
  6. Anticipate participation in the workforce after graduation;
  7. Demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
  8. Show academic promise and commitment to obtaining a degree.

This grant is NOT intended for:

  • Graduate students or students seeking an additional degree after achieving a baccalaureate degree
  • Students whose full tuition and fees are already covered by financial aid
  • International students who are visiting the United States with the intention of returning to their countries of origin after graduation

How to Apply

Just fill out the  Osher Reentry Scholarship Application Form. Priority application deadline for fall 2024 is June 30, 2024


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