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California Community College Scholarship Endowment made possible by The Bernard Osher Foundation

CCCSE Impact Summary 2021-2022

CCCSE Impact Summary 2020-2021

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 that currently totals $90 million was established to support students who struggle to afford the ever-rising cost of an education. This endowment will provide more than 6,000 students scholarships of at least $1,300 every academic year in perpetuity.

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Updated CCCSE Osher Scholarship Instructions and Guidelines

Scholarship instructions and guidelines are available for colleges to use as guidance and are updated annually or as needed. Osher Scholars can receive up to $650 per semester for a total of $1,300 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 $650 per semester or $1,300 cumulative
  • Three-quarter-time (9-11.99 units per term) = up to $487.50 per semester or $975 cumulative
  • Half-time (6 – 8.99 units per term) = up to $325 per semester or $650 cumulative

*The Foundation for California Community Colleges (FoundationCCC) 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. FoundationCCC will alert colleges to the updated figure upon adjustment.

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CCCSE FAQs for Colleges

CCCSE FAQs are available for colleges administering CCCSE Osher Scholarships.

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Contact Us

California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment
T: 916.498.6770
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
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The Foundation for California Community Colleges is a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 68-0412350).

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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 116 colleges and 73 districts, serving nearly 2 million students.

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