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Re-entry Scholarship for Older Students Available at UW

April 26, 2012

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 Re-entry Scholarship award at the University of Wyoming.

The Bernard Osher Foundation recently granted UW a second-year award of $50,000 in scholarship funds for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The foundation helps nontraditional, re-entry students 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 Re-entry Scholarships will be accepted through Monday, July 2. 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 degrees, are urged to apply.

Preference will be given to students who enroll full-time (12 or more credit hours). Enrollment can be at UW or through concurrent enrollment at UW and a Wyoming community college.

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

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

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