Osher Foun­da­tion helps older stu­dents


San Francisco Chronicle - - BAY AREA AND CALIFORNIA - — Tanya Schevitz

The Bernard Osher Foun­da­tion has given $1 mil­lion to San Fran­cisco State Uni­ver­sity to help sup­port stu­dents who start col­lege later in life or re­turn to school af­ter a long break, the uni­ver­sity an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

The fund­ing from the San Fran­cisco foun­da­tion will es­tab­lish a schol­ar­ship en­dow­ment that will award $2,000 schol­ar­ships to at least 25 out­stand­ing un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents each year.

The foun­da­tion has given the cam­pus grants of $50,000 for the past two years for the same pur­pose. The Osher Foun­da­tion gave an ad­di­tional $50,000 grant to the uni­ver­sity to pro­vide 26 schol­ar­ships this year.

San Fran­cisco State ad­mits hun­dreds of re-en­try stu­dents ev­ery year who of­ten face the ex­tra chal­lenge of jug­gling fam­ily and work. This year’s schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents ranged from 26 years to 50 years in age.

Bernard Osher was a busi­ness­man and found­ing di­rec­tor of World Sav­ings. His wife, Bar­bro Osher, is con­sul gen­eral of Swe­den in San Fran­cisco.

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