California Community College Scholarship Endowment made possible by The Bernard Osher Foundation
CCCSE Impact Summary 2017-18
In May 2008, the Osher Foundation made a historic pledge to the California Community Colleges, giving an unprecedented lead gift of $25 million to establish the endowment, and committing additional match dollars for amounts raised by the system. Over the course of three years, a permanent scholarship fund totaling approximately $70 million was established to support students who struggle to afford the ever-rising cost of an education. This endowment will fund over 3,000 scholarships of at least $1,200 every academic year, forever.
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Updated CCCSE Osher Scholarship Instructions and Guidelines
Scholarship instructions and guidelines are available for colleges to use in awarding CCCSE Osher scholarships. Recent updates include clarification of the guidelines if your college would like to pro-rate scholarships.
All Osher Scholars can receive up to $600 per semester for a total of $1,200 per year*. Colleges may award part-time students prorated scholarships, with suggested amounts as follows:
• Full-time (12 or more units per term) = up to $600 per semester (or $1,200 cumulative)
• Three-quarter-time (9-11.99 units per term) = up to $450 per semester (or $900 cumulative)
• Half-time (6 – 8.99 units per term) = up to $300 per semester (or $600 cumulative)
*The Foundation may adjust scholarship amounts in increments of no less than $100 based on inflation, ensuring that students will reap the same benefit in the future economy. The Foundation will alert colleges to the updated figure upon adjustment.
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CCCSE Osher Scholarship Award Increase Notification
Beginning July 1, 2019, CCCSE Osher Scholarship awards increased from $550 per semester for a total of $1,100 per year to $600 per semester for a total of $1,200 per year. Osher Scholars continue to be eligible for renewal scholarships not to exceed a cumulative award total of three times the amount of the annual maximum award, which is $3,600 as of July 1, 2019. Colleges may still choose to pro-rate awards based on a student’s unit load.
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Newly updated CCCSE FAQs for colleges
CCCSE FAQs are available for colleges administering CCCSE Osher Scholarships.
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