Pitzer College Receives $50,000 from Bernard Osher Foundation

Gift to Support College’s New Resources Program for Non-traditional Students

Claremont, Calif. (June 9, 2006) - The Bernard Osher Foundation has awarded $50,000 to Pitzer College in support of its New Resources Program. Pitzer College’s New Resources Program is unique among small liberal arts colleges on the West Coast, addressing the needs of the non-traditional age students for whom the Osher Reentry Program is designed.

The Program’s purpose is to provide assistance to individuals with financial need between the ages of 25 and 50 whose collegiate studies were interrupted for several years by circumstances beyond their control and who now wish to resume their studies and complete a four-year baccalaureate degree.

“The New Resources Program has helped broaden the campus’s student diversity with respect to age, gender, race, and ethnicity for over 30 years. Besides assisting the individual students themselves, the program adds an important dimension to the intellectual and social life of the College,” Pitzer College President Laura Skandera Trombley said.

The New Resources program was established at Pitzer College in 1974 to meet the special needs of post-college age students. Similar programs were created during the same time period at four colleges in the northeast: Simmons, Smith, Tufts, and Wellesley.

About Pitzer College

Pitzer College is a nationally top-ranked undergraduate liberal arts and sciences institution. A member of The Claremont Colleges, Pitzer offers a distinctive approach to a liberal arts education by linking intellectual inquiry with interdisciplinary studies, cultural immersion, social responsibility and community involvement. For more information, please visit www.pitzer.edu.

About the The Bernard Osher Foundation

The Bernard Osher Foundation was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a successful businessman and community leader. The Foundation seeks to improve quality of life for residents of California’s San Francisco and Alameda Counties and the State of Maine through post-secondary student scholarships and arts, cultural, and educational grants. It also supports selected programs in integrative medicine in the United States and Sweden as well as a national network of lifelong learning institutes on 73 university campuses from Maine to Hawaii. The Honorable Barbro Osher, Consul General of Sweden in San Francisco, serves as Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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