Bachelor of General Studies

OSHER Re-Entry Scholarship

General Information

USF is pleased to offer the Osher Re-entry Scholarship as a way to provide grants to assist non-traditional, re-entry students with tuition expenses. Students must be admitted to USF Tampa and enrolled in courses at Tampa campus. 

Re-entry students are defined as individuals who have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of five or more years and who now want to resume their undergraduate studies education to complete their first baccalaureate degree.

For more information about the Osher Foundation, visit: http://www.osherfoundation.org

Eligibility Requirements

This competitive grant's funding is limited to a finite amount each year. It can only be used to pay tuition. Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to be considered:

Award Amount

The scholarship amount awarded is based on the number of credit hours enrolled AND the number of credit hours needed to graduate.

OSHER Award Table

OSHER Amounts

Application Process

To apply, please complete the STARS application on the financial aid webpage (pay close attention to all deadlines below):
http://www.usf.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/ 
Renewal Scholarship Application

When completing your  personal goal statement, include your reasons for returning to college; a listing of your scholarly and vocational accomplishments, honors, special awards, or recognition; a note about the challenges you face as a non-traditional student; and your academic and professional goals.

Award Timing

Grants will be awarded for either the fall semester, the spring semester, or both the fall and spring semesters.

Recipients must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and complete 75 percent of their attempted coursework in order to be eligible to reapply the following academic year. Each recipient is required to reapply each academic year to continue to be considered for the scholarship.

Award Deadlines

First Time Applicants: March 10th

Renewals: April 14th (Renewals must provide an Osher experience statement, maintain enrollment in at least 6 credit hours (cannot be exclusively online) and maintain a 3.0 semester GPA. 

More Information

For more information about the scholarship, contact:

Osher Scholarship Coordinator

osher@usf.edu

(813) 974-4051