Osher Re-entry Scholarship

Scholarship Details

The University of New Mexico is proud to partner with the Bernard Osher Foundation to provide the Osher Reentry Scholarship Program for returning adult students. The Osher Scholarships are designed to help undergraduate students who have experienced a five-year cumulative gap in their education. Osher Re-entry Scholarship provides up to 50% of tuition costs for selected participants based on a yearly application process. The Selection Committee will base scholarships on a need for financial assistance, commitment to a bachelor’s degree attainment, and focus on entering the workforce upon degree completion. 

Target Population

The scholarship may be awarded to students who meet the following criteria:

  1. Have experienced a cumulative interruption in their education of five or more years;
  2. Are at the undergraduate level and pursuing their first baccalaureate degree; 
  3. Anticipate being a workforce participant for a significant period of time upon graduation and ideally be aged 25 - 50 years old;
  4. Demonstrate financial need;
  5. Show academic promise and a commitment to obtaining their degree.

This award is not intended for graduate students or students seeking an additional degree. It is not intended for students who are only enrolled in exclusively online courses or for international students who are visiting the United States with the intention of returning to their countries of origin after graduation.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be admitted to The University of New Mexico for the Spring 2023 semester
  • Full or part-time undergraduate student pursuing their first baccalaureate degree 
  • Have experienced a cumulative gap in their post-secondary education following high school of five years or more (years do not have to be consecutive and applicants MAY be currently enrolled in college)

Application Process

Before submitting your application, please review the above information and the following points to ensure a complete understanding of the scholarship application, deadline, and eligibility requirements.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete, and all requested materials are submitted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

A complete scholarship application includes the following: (Click each area for an expanded description)

Scholarship Application

All scholarship applications must be submitted electronically by completing the form below. Applications must be submitted no later than the posted deadline. Legibility, accuracy, and completeness of applications will be considered. Only complete applications will be accepted. 

All scholarship applicants will be notified regarding the Scholarship Committee’s final decision and all decisions are final. An award letter will be sent to scholarship recipients and funds will be applied to students' UNM accounts.  

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the Fall 2023 semester; however, priority is given to those applications that are submitted prior to Friday, April 28, 2023.

Spring 2023 Application