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The Programs

Osher Scholars and Fellows Program

The Osher Scholars and Fellows Program provides scholarship support for students of academic promise and financial need matriculating at colleges and universities principally in Northern California and the State of Maine.

Osher Reentry Scholarship Program

The Osher Reentry Scholarship Program provides scholarship support for students pursuing the first baccalaureate degree after a significant break in their studies. At present, there are 90 universities and colleges in 50 states participating in this program.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes Program

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes are found on the campuses of 118 colleges and universities from Maine to Hawaii and Alaska. Each provides a distinctive array of non-credit courses and activities specifically developed for seasoned adults aged 50 or older who are interested in learning for the joy of learning.

Osher Integrative Medicine Programs

There are three integrative medicine programs receiving Osher support. They are found at the University of California, San Francisco; Harvard University with a clinical center at Brigham and Women's Hospital; and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. The programs feature research, education, and clinical care in integrative medicine, also known as complementary or alternative medicine. The Foundation also supports a career development award program for complementary and alternative medicine practitioners through the National Institutes of Health.

Local Arts and Educational Programs

An array of arts and educational programs in The Greater San Francisco Bay Area (California) and in the State of Maine also receive support from the Foundation. This is the only program within the Foundation that receives unsolicited letters of interest.

Osher Initiative for California Community College Students

This initiative, launched in 2008, aimed to provide up to $100 million in endowed funds to support scholarship programs dedicated to California's Community College students.

An initial gift of $25 million, along with an additional pledge of $25 million in matching funds, became incorporated as the California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment. The match on a 2:1 basis supplied an impetus for the Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC) to raise $50 million on or before June 30, 2011 to trigger the full $25 million Osher Foundation matching fund.

Further, $20 million non-binding commitment was included in the original Osher Initiative to endow scholarship support for transfer students from California Community Colleges to UC and CSU campuses that did not have other Osher scholarship programs (either "traditional" or reentry scholarships). At this time, the Osher Foundation is contemplating providing endowment funds to four UC campuses and 17 CSU campuses in 2012.