Scholar Stories

See what our Scholars are saying about the Osher Reentry Scholarship:


"I want to thank The Office of Adult Students and Evening Services for all that you do because I couldn't have done this without you, I am forever grateful and honored".

"Receiving this scholarship allows me to concentrate on the most important factor of school, learning. I will not have to work as many hours and will have more time to spend with my son. Once again, thank you so much for your generous contribution to my education. I cannot thank you enough for making this opportunity possible. My ultimate goal is to help individuals with their financial futures and promote financial literacy to children and young adults. Thanks to your efforts, I am one step closer to achieving that goal".

"As a non-traditional student I have come to fully appreciate the value of a college education after having gained various life experiences. With using the money for this scholarship towards my educational needs, this will allow me to focus more on my studies and less on working so much. I can't even begin to tell you how much of a blessing that this is scholarship is to me and I hope to be able to pay it forward in one form or another sometime during my lifetime. Thank you for believing in me and for giving me a chance".

"By awarding me this Scholarship, you have given me the focus and encouragement to keep pushing towards my goals and not have to rack up more financial debt than I have to. I can continue to keep focusing upon excelling in my coursework and not have to worry about will I have money to pay for the next class. Thanks for supporting my education and helping me to be a better person for my family and the community".

"Receiving the Osher Reentry Scholarship has eased my financial burden allowing me to focus more on the most important part of school, learning. I want to learn all I can so I can be a teacher who truly makes a difference in the lives of children in Charlotte. Your commitment to adult learners is admirable and very much appreciated".

"By rewarding me the Osher Scholarship you have lightened my financial burden which will allow me to focus on academics and learning as I am committed to this offer. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I plan, one day, to help others achieve their goals as you have helped me. Again, thank you very much for your support and for making my education at UNC Charlotte a true blessing".

"While attending school I have worked three part time jobs to support my children while pursuing my degree. As an active member of my church Silvermount Baptist Church I work in the community to feed the homeless, and volunteer with our youth Missionary group. Like many students, I have had barriers and challenges to overcome to get to this point in my life, including being a single mother. Receiving this scholarship means that I am one step further to achieving my goal of giving back to the community".

"In the future I want to be an advocate for children and adults with special needs. When I hit a road bump, I remember that I am not just doing this for me. I am doing this for all the extraordinary people I have met along the way. I am doing this for all the children and adults who I have not met yet who just need a little encouragement to reach their potential. Thank you for being an encouragement to me, and for helping me reach my potential. Your generosity gives me hope. I commit to use these years wisely, and to pay it forward".

"Because of your generosity, I can focus on my studies instead of finances while obtaining my degree. I have always participated in community service activities both on and off campus and I am a huge proponent of giving back. I hope to establish a scholarship in the future, to help other students, as I have been helped. God bless all the wonderful donors who contributed to the Osher Reentry Scholarship. Also a big thanks to my amazing OASES family, I appreciate everything you all do as well!"

"Despite the difficulty in concentration and feeling of great loss, I am determined to succeed and make SPARC3, UNC Charlotte, the Osher Foundation, and most importantly, myself proud of my second chance at this remarkable university. I look forward to being successful in school and in life. One day I hope continue the Osher Foundation's values of working hard and giving back, so that other people can have the opportunity that I have been given. It is truly an honor to benefit from such a generous foundation".

"I wanted to thank you for your generous contribution to my educational endeavors. The scholarship you have awarded me has helped cover all of my extra tuition costs for this year. This will help lessen the burden of holding too much debt as I complete my courses (three years to go). I am one year closer to achieving my goals of becoming a social worker, helping people, as you have helped me".

"The scholarship has made another year possible. I want to be a licensed professional engineer and know I can achieve the academic requirements to do so; however the financial aspect is the limiting factor I face. I can't thank you enough for what you have done. Before I received confirmation of this award I was discouraged that I had come so far and was now on the verge of having to postpone my education and career goals. To be financially secure I would also need all the possible hours I could work and that would leave me with very few options for school. Now, thanks to the Osher Reentry Scholarship I am able to continue full time for the whole year. Your generosity changes lives and I hope you know the extent in which it has changed mine".

"An education is the only thing in life that can never be taken away from me. With every class that I take, I grow a little more as a person. When I attain my bachelor's degree, my plan is to pursue my master's degree. Not only does this scholarship help support my educational journey, but it also improves my family's quality of life. I am completely grateful for this honorable scholarship".

" It is both humbling and invigorating to participate in this unique cycle of oppor­tunity and learning. Education, hard work, success, and giving back - the core values of the Osher Foundation - are clearly embodied in your actions which pro­vide an indelible model for me and the many others you have helped over the years to emulate in our own affairs".