Osher Lifelong Learning Institute receives second $1 million endowment

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Oct. 24‚ 2006) — Kennesaw State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute…

Georgia (Oct 24, 2006) — Osher Lifelong Learning Institute receives second $1 million endowment

Frances Weyand


Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or fweyand@kennesaw.edu

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Oct. 24‚ 2006) — Kennesaw State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute recently discovered that it soon will receive an unsolicited $1 million endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation — the second $1 million endowment in less than a year from the organization.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute utilizes external funding to offer a variety of educational and social opportunities for adults age 50 and older‚ as well as approximately 55 courses per quarter. Last year alone‚ more than 2‚300 people participated in the program housed at the KSU Center.

“We have a successful program that is serving seniors throughout northwest Georgia‚” said Dick Harp‚ director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. “We were absolutely shocked — and quite pleased — to learn about the endowment.”

In addition to the $1 million endowment gift‚ the Osher Foundation will establish a $50‚000 scholarship fund for students 25 to 50 years old who want to return to school and finish their degree. Twenty−five $2‚000 scholarships will be awarded annually to students in that age range based on financial need.

“Students who may have dropped out of college years ago for financial or personal reasons now have the opportunity to return to school to complete that goal‚” Harp said. “We are excited to be able to make college attendance a reality for this important population.”


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a brand new doctorate in education.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu