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Creighton Receives $1 Million to Support University Reentry

Creighton Receives $1 Million to Support University Reentry

University College at Creighton University has received a $1 million endowment gift from the Osher Reentry Scholarships program to support students ages 25 to 50 who are resuming their college studies to obtain undergraduate degrees.

The donation is the largest single gift University College has received, and revenue from the endowment will be allocated to provide scholarships on an annual basis beginning with the 2010-11 academic year.  About 15 to 20 students will receive the annual scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Creighton is the only university in Nebraska to receive the funds; 73 universities across the nation were recipients.

“Such scholarships offer deserving students, especially in these challenging economic times, the opportunity to meet their higher education goals,” said Barbara Braden, Ph. D., dean of the University College.  “Often, family commitments, financial need and other factors deter individuals from completing degrees. This program can be the boost they need,” she added.

University College coordinates summer sessions and makes available credit courses and degree opportunities in evening and daytime formats to nontraditional students. The College also offers 19 certificate programs and accelerated associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs designed specifically to meet the educational needs of working adults called AcceleratedCreighton.

The Osher Foundation cited Creighton’s ability to identify deserving students, offer an array of services that improve retention and demonstrate the effect the funds would have on students succeeding as factors in awarding the funds. The Foundation also identifies institutions that have successfully established services to address the needs of reentry students including matriculation and career counseling, familiarization with new information technology used in higher education, and familiarization with issues of balancing the requirements of their families and employment.
 
Scholarships may be awarded to students who:

• have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of five or more years;

• are at the undergraduate level and pursuing their first baccalaureate degree;

• anticipate workforce participation for a significant period of time subsequent to graduation and be age 25 to 50;

• demonstrate financial need;

• show academic promise and a commitment to obtaining their degree.

More information is available on this program at http://www.creighton.edu/adultdegrees/prospectivestudents/tuitionfeesfinancialaid/scholarshipsgrants/index.php