Resources for Colleges

Resources for Colleges

Osher Initiative for California Community College Students

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In 2008, the California Community Colleges made history with the announcement of a $50 million commitment from the Bernard Osher Foundation to create an endowment that will generate scholarships for community college students in perpetuity. An initial gift of $25 million was awarded to the Community College system, and an additional $25 million was pledged as part of a three-year match campaign. This announcement launched an unprecedented statewide fundraising campaign that involved the entire Community College system.

Because of the complexity and statewide impact of this effort, the Foundation for California Community Colleges developed a white paper to address the challenges, opportunities, and insights gained from this campaign. We would like to thank those of you who took the time to complete the Osher Initiative Survey at the close of the campaign regarding your experience with this very important venture. Your input and feedback was extremely valuable!

Updated Scholarship Guidelines & CCCSE Frequently Asked Questions

Updated scholarship guidelines are now available for colleges to use in awarding Osher scholarships. 

Download the Scholarship Guidelines >

Updated CCCSE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are now available.

Download the CCCSE FAQs

General Information

Overview for Giving Models (post match campaign)
(Last updated July 2011)
Download the Overview for Giving Models >

Investment Policy
(Last updated August 2017)
Download the Investment Policy >

Financial Statement (For period ending June 30, 2017)
Download the latest Endowment financial statement >

2016-2017 CCCSE Annual Reporting Template
Download the 16-17 Osher Scholarship Reporting Worksheet >

2017-2018 and 2016-2017 CCCSE Scholarship Allocations
Download the 17-18 CCCSE Scholarship Breakdown >
Download the 16-17 CCCSE Scholarship Breakdown >

Scholarship Endowment Logo
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Donor Outreach and Gift Transfer

The Foundation for California Community Colleges and California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office are pleased to provide information and materials that may be helpful to individual colleges and their foundations in continued donor outreach and gift transmission. Even though the match campaign has ended, colleges can still submit gifts to the Endowment and increase the number of scholarships available to students in future years.

The following materials can be customized and used in donor outreach efforts.

Acknowledgement Letter
There are many ways to thank donors for their generosity; this sample letter is designed solely to provide a framework.
Download the acknowledgement letter >

Giving Form
This form includes pledge and tribute options and provides a section at the bottom to insert your local contact information.
Download the giving form >

Gift Transmission Form
Colleges should use this form to transfer a gift to the Endowment.
Download the gift transmission form >

Osher Scholarship Disbursement and Award Resources

The Foundation for California Community Colleges and California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office are pleased to provide the following templates that may be helpful in administering Osher Scholar Awards.

The following instructions provide financial aid administrators at California Community Colleges with information and instructions for selecting Osher Scholars.
Download the scholarship instructions >

Application Template
An Osher Scholar application template.
Download the application template >

Award Template
An Osher Scholar certificate template.
Download the 2015-16 award template >
Download the 2016-17 award template>

Award Letter
An Osher Scholar award letter template.
Download the award letter >

Scholarship Flyer
An Osher Scholarship flyer for posting on your campus or college website.
Download the scholarship flyer >

Contact Us

California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment
T: 916.498.6725
866.325.3222 Ext. 144
F: 916.325.0844

Foundation for California
Community Colleges

1102 Q Street, Suite 4800
Sacramento, CA 95811

Toll Free: 866.325.3222
Fax: 916.325.0844

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Supporting our Work

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Who we serve

The Foundation serves as the official foundation supporting the Board of Governors, Chancellor’s Office, and the entire California Community College system, including 114 colleges and 72 districts, serving 2.1 million students.

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