November 6, 2008 (Claremont, Calif.)—Pitzer College received a gift of one million dollars to its endowment, plus a $50,000 bridge grant, to create the Osher Reentry Scholarship Endowment.
This gift continues support for the Osher Reentry Scholars. Awardees are undergraduates who have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of five years or more, demonstrate financial need and show academic promise and commitment to obtaining their degree.
Over the past three years, annual Foundation grants allowed Pitzer to award ten Osher Reentry Scholarships each year. The new Endowment will support the scholarship program in perpetuity beginning in the 2009-10 academic year.
Of the award, Pitzer President Laura Skandera Trombley said, “We are grateful to the Osher Foundation for this strong endorsement of the New Resources Program for reentry students that the College has been operating since 1974. Faculty and students continually confirm the valuable contributions that these nontraditional students make to both the academic program and campus life.”