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Last modified: Monday, July 21, 2008

IU Bloomington Continuing Studies awarded Osher scholarship program for adults

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington Continuing Studies announced that it has been awarded a grant by the Bernard Osher Foundation to develop an Osher Re-entry Scholars Program at IU.

The funding will support scholarship assistance for adults 25 and older who are pursuing a bachelor's degree at IU. Bloomington Continuing Studies will be eligible for $50,000 in scholarship funding for the next three academic years, with the possibility of a $1 million endowment at the end of this period.

The first group of scholarships -- available to both full- and part-time adult students -- will be awarded for the spring 2009 semester. Eligibility guidelines and application forms will be available online and in the Bloomington Continuing Studies office in Owen Hall 202 during the fall semester. The initiative's primary focus will be on students beginning the General Studies degree, but adults pursuing all undergraduate degrees at IU Bloomington will be invited to apply.

"This generous funding will make it possible for more adults to realize their dream of earning a college degree," said Ron White, executive director of Bloomington Continuing Studies. "The timing could not be better, given the state of the economy and the critical need for retraining opportunities for the local workforce. We wish to thank Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan and IU Bloomington Provost Karen Hanson for their strong support of this initiative."

Those who would like more information about this program are encouraged to complete an information request form at http://continue.indiana.edu or call 812-855-4991, menu option 1.

The Bernard Osher Foundation, headquartered in San Francisco, was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader. The Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts and provides post-secondary scholarship funding to colleges and universities across the nation, with special attention to re-entry students.

IU Bloomington Continuing Studies provides opportunities for adults to engage in lifelong learning. Programs include General Studies degrees, Adult Student Resources and diverse noncredit courses in Lifelong Learning and Professional Development, Mini University and Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County. All programs draw upon the rich resources of IU Bloomington and are offered on campus and at convenient community locations in Bloomington and the surrounding area.