Osher Scholarship 

Who qualifies?

  • Continuing undergraduate

Minimum qualifications

  • Be an MU student admitted to your first baccalaureate degree. (The scholarship is not available to those seeking a second bachelor's or graduate degree.)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.
  • Have experienced a cumulative five-year interruption in your studies. The interruption in studies does not have to be consecutive and may include a gap between graduating from high school and entering college.
  • Plan to participate in the workforce after graduation.
  • Have financial need, but not necessarily have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, forms.
  • Students who meet the other criteria who are taking 50% or more of their courses in a traditional classroom setting during the period covered by the Reentry scholarship can be considered eligible to apply.

If you have questions, email sch-appl@missouri.edu

Award amount

Through the San Francisco-based Bernard Osher Foundation, the University of Missouri will award more than $74,000 in scholarships, and each recipient may receive up to $5,000. Scholarship funds may be applied only toward the cost of tuition and course fees. Several types of financial aid may affect the Osher Scholarship amount. Unused funds will be returned to the Osher scholarship fund for reallocation.

Application process

  1. Complete the MU Annual Scholarship Application in myZou.
  2. A résumé outlining your education, honors and awards, leadership roles, qualifications and work experience
  3. An original essay, maximum of three pages, double-spaced (Times New Roman, 12pt. font is recommended), which describes the following:
    • Reasons for beginning or resuming your undergraduate studies
    • Career goals and objectives
    • Financial need
    • Any other relevant information, such as special circumstances, that the committee should take into consideration when reviewing your application
  4. A headshot to be used in the annual report to the Bernard Osher Foundation

Please note that the essay is extremely important in the selection process.

Submitting your Osher Application Materials

The application materials for scholarship assistance can be submitted via mail, e-mail, fax, or dropped off.

Mailing Address
MU Office of Student Financial Aid
11 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211-1600

Fax: 573-884-5335

E-mail: Sch-appl@missouri.edu

Instructions for creating and submitting your resume and essay

  1. Create a separate document for both your résumé and essay.
  2. The following types of documents will be accepted electronically: DOC, DOCX, PDF, RTF.
  3. At the top of each document, please include your name, MU student number, mailing address and email address.
  4. Save each document with an identifying filename (such as SmithJRResume.doc and SmithJREssay.doc).

Additional information

The Bernard Osher Foundation was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader. The foundation seeks to improve quality of life through post-secondary student scholarships (now provided to more than 48 institutions of higher education across the nation) and arts and humanities grants. It also supports selected programs in integrative medicine as well as a national network of lifelong learning institutes for older adults. Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes operate on the campuses of more than 100 colleges and universities from Maine to Hawaii, including at MU.