Spirit of the Gift Biography Project

Histories of the men and women behind WSU's endowed funds

Osher Reentry Scholarship

The Osher Reentry Scholarship was established by the Bernard Osher Foundation, which has provided millions of dollars in scholarship assistant to universities and colleges across the country to help students earn their degrees. The foundation, headquartered in San Francisco, was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader. A native of Biddeford, Maine, and a graduate of Bowdoin College, Osher began his career managing his father's hardware and plumbing supplies store in Maine, later moving to New York to work at Oppenheimer & Company before moving to California. He became a founding director of World Savings, the second-largest savings institution in the United States, which was sold to Wachovia Corporation in 2006.

The Bernard Osher Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for individuals through support for higher education and the arts. This scholarship is awarded to students seeking a first bachelor's degree who have experienced a cumulative gap in their education for at least five years.