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Reentry Scholarship for Older Students Available at UW

April 8, 2011

Adult learners age 25 and older and 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 to attend the University of Wyoming.

The Bernard Osher Foundation recently awarded UW $50,000 in scholarship funds for the 2011-12 academic year. The foundation assists nontraditional, reentry students to complete their bachelor's degrees and return to the workforce after graduation.  Scholarship funds are awarded to colleges that have programs designed to support adult learners.

Wyoming ranks 41st in the nation with only 23.6 percent of its population age 24 years and older holding bachelor's degrees, says Dolores Cardona, UW associate dean of students.

Applications for Osher Reentry Scholarships will be accepted through July 6. Applicants who are over age 25, have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of five or more years, are pursuing their first bachelor's degree, anticipate entering the workforce upon graduation, are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and show academic promise and commitment to obtaining their degree, are urged to apply.

"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," Cardona says.  

Applications and additional criteria can be found online at and also on the UW Financial Aid webpage ( and the Division of Student Educational Opportunity (

For more information, call Cardona at, (307) 766-6228, email or Michael Wade, (307) 766-6189,

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