SOU Receives a Third Million Dollar Cash Grant From the Osher Foundation

Latest Endowment is for Reentry Students’ Scholarships

(Ashland, ORE) – The Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco has awarded the Southern Oregon University Foundation a one-million-dollar cash grant for reentry scholarships. It’s the third million-dollar cash grant the Osher Foundation has made to SOU since 2009.

“The Osher Foundation has been incredibly generous to SOU,” says University President Mary Cullinan. “This scholarship support will transform lives for generations of reentry students. I am thrilled.”

For the past three years, the Osher Foundation has provided SOU with $50,000 annually for reentry scholarships. The proceeds from the one million dollar endowment will allow scholarships of approximately $50,000 to continue to be offered in perpetuity.

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Osher Foundation Ups SOU’s OLLI Endowment to $2 Million

(Ashland, Ore.) — The Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco has awarded the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Southern Oregon University (SOU) an additional $1 million endowment. The news came to SOU President Mary Cullinan in a phone call from Osher Foundation President Mary Bitterman.

“The Osher Foundation is so strongly supportive of OLLI,” says SOU President Mary Cullinan. “They recognize the truly outstanding work that OLLI and SOU are doing together. In providing $2 million to OLLI in the last three years, the Osher Foundation underscores the importance of lifelong learning and adult learners to our university and our southern Oregon communities.”

SOU’s Executive Director for Outreach and Engagement Jeanne Stallman adds, “Once on campus for OLLI classes, members frequently go on to participate in other parts of SOU campus life—one-credit classes, campus lectures and theatre and musical performances.” Continue reading