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The Osher Foundation Scholarship for Nontraditional Students

Adult learners aged 25 and over who have been out of school for five years or more may find it easier to return to college with an Osher Reentry Scholarship award at the University of Wyoming (UW).   The Osher foundation works to assist nontraditional, reentry students to complete their bachelor’s degrees and return to the workforce after graduation by awarding scholarship funds to colleges who have programs designed to support adult learners.  Currently, Wyoming ranks 41st in the nation with only 23.6 percent of its population aged 24 years and older holding bachelor’s degrees.

Applicants who meet the following criteria are invited to apply:

  • Over the age of 25
  • Have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of five or more years
  • Pursuing their first bachelor’s degree
  • Anticipate entering the workforce upon graduation
  • Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Show academic promise and commitment to obtaining their degree

Because UW is working to increase the number of bachelor’s degree holders in the state, applicants must also be Wyoming residents and have a declared major. 

Preference will be given to students who enroll full-time (12 or more credit hours) and enrollment can be solely at UW or through concurrent enrollment at UW and a Wyoming Community College.   Scholarship recipients will be required to meet with UW staff and academic advisors.  Preference will also be given to newly matriculating students or students enrolling for the first time.  Awards will not exceed the cost of tuition and fees, will depend upon applicants’ financial need in relation to the total cost of attending UW, and may be competitively renewable as long as the recipient is making progress toward an undergraduate degree.

Applications may also be found online at: and available through UW Financial Aid and the Division of Student Educational Opportunity.

For more information, contact Dolores Cardona at (307) 766-6628, or Michael Wade at (307) 766-6189,

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