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Osher Reentry Scholarship Program at West Virginia University



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

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



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



No individual Osher Reentry Scholarship may exceed $5,000 per academic year. (This scholarship is available tuition and fees only.) Scholarships are renewable. Applicant must maintain a 2.5 grade point average.




  1. Applicants must be between 25 and 50 years of age.
  2. Have experienced a cumulative gap in your education of five or more years.
  3. Newly matriculating as freshmen, returning to, or transferring to WVU at the undergraduate level and pursuing your first baccalaureate degree.
  4. Must be admitted to WVU at the time of scholarship selection.
  5. Must be enrolled full (12 hours or more) or part-time (a minimum of 6 hours).
  6. Anticipate participation in the workforce subsequent to graduation.
  7. Demonstrate financial need (based on FAFSA).
  8. Show academic promise and commitment to obtaining your degree.

This grant is NOT intended for:

  1. Graduate students or students seeking an additional degree.
  2. Student receiving a full tuition and fees waiver.
  3. Students who are exclusively enrolled in online courses.
  4. International students who are visiting the United States with the intention of returning to their countries of origin after graduation.



Complete and submit the online application or download the PDF form to fill out and mail to OLLI at WVU, PO Box 9123, Morgantown, WV 26506.

  • Fill out the WVU Osher Re-Entry Scholarship Application online form.
  • Download PDF Version of form.

The following are required documentation to be uploaded and submitted with your application:

  1. Essay (max 1200 words)
    • Tell your story. How did you get here... returning to college?
    • What are your goals as a student?
    • Personal challenges you face as a non-traditional student?
    • How will the scholarship assist you in your commitment to degree completion?
    • How do you plan on using your education to contribute to society upon degree completion?
  2. Prompt Essay (300 words)
    • Choose a current event of interest to you, and evaluate its impact and how you view this topic. There are no right or wrong opinions, but you should make a good argument for your decision.
  3. Current Resume
  4. Letters of Recommendation (Optional)
    • You may submit two letters of recommendation from anyone who can attest to your ability to succeed in your future academics.
Please note, the online application can NOT be saved and returned to at a later date.



We will begin accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year in March 1, 2017