Granite State College Awarded Osher Grant
Granite State College was recently awarded a $1 million gift from
the Bernard Osher Foundation to establish an endowment in support
of its Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. A member-based organization,
OLLI provides adults age 50 and over with the opportunity to pursue
new knowledge simply for the love of learning. The Bernard Osher Foundation
is headquartered in San Francisco.
“It is an honor to accept this award from the Osher Foundation,”
said Granite State College president, Karol LaCroix. “This level
of support for the program demonstrates the importance of encouraging
lifelong learning and allows us to remain true to our mission of providing
programs throughout the state for adults of all ages.”
OLLI at Granite State College began in 2004 with an initial $100,000
grant from the Osher Foundation and has continued with subsequent
$100,000 grants in each year since.
Through this ongoing support OLLI has continued to be a source of
intellectually stimulating lifelong learning opportunities for New
Hampshire residents age 50 and over.
OLLI now has more than 500 members across New Hampshire and offers
more than 60 different classes during two eight-week sessions each
year. Classes are held at sites in Concord, Manchester, Exeter and
Conway. Class subjects are developed in direct response to the expressed
interests of OLLI members.
“The focus of OLLI is on the joy of learning with programs
rich in content, shared interests and life experiences,” said
Virginia Martin, Director of OLLI at Granite State College. “OLLI
members choose the topics they wish to explore – so the curriculum
is diverse. Popular topics include current events, the arts, world
cultures and religions, film, politics, history, literature, social
sciences, technology and the environment.”
OLLI at Granite State College is one of 119 Osher Lifelong Learning
Institutes located across the country.
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, the Bernard Osher
Foundation has demonstrated a commitment to advancing lifelong learning
opportunities throughout the United States since 1977. It granted
its first endowment gift in support of lifelong learning programs
for mature students in 2001.
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Granite State College is one of four University System of New
Hampshire institutions and a leader in online education. It offers
associate and bachelor degrees, post-baccalaureate programs for
teacher education and transfer opportunities.
With nine academic centers located throughout New Hampshire,
Granite State College is committed to delivering affordable and convenient
access to higher education via innovative programming.
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