Campus: CSU East Bay -- April 8, 2005
Osher Foundation Awards $100,000 Grant to CSUEB's Concord
Campus for Education Program
A $100,000 grant has been awarded to California State University, East Bay
by the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco to support the continuing
growth of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSU East Bay/SCHOLAR-OLLI
program offered to the community by the university's Concord campus.
The latest grant completes a three-year agreement, during which the foundation
contributed $100,000 annually to the program starting in 2003. That enabled the
university to develop the program designed for mature learners 50 and older.
It will be eligible for a $1 million endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation
by meeting certain stipulations, including its reaching a membership of at least
300 and having a plan in place for maintaining its sustainability.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute includes daytime and evening lectures,
courses, discussion groups, film nights, special events and field trips.
Instructors include emeriti and current Cal State East Bay faculty, as well as
experts from other universities and organizations. Programs are offered at
CSUEB's Concord and Hayward campuses as well as at the Concord Senior Center,
San Ramon Senior Center, and Lindsay Wildlife Museum.
The Bernard Osher Foundation, established by Osher in 1977, seeks to improve the
quality of life for residents of the San Francisco Bay Area through programs in
the arts and humanities and in K-12, post-secondary, and environmental education.
Bernard Osher is a businessman and community leader whose philanthropy has
benefited Bay Area organizations and the people they serve for more than two
More information on Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSU East Bay/SCHOLAR-OLLI
programs and membership is available online at
or by contacting Joyce Podevyn, program coordinator at
firstname.lastname@example.org or at (925) 602-6776.
Media Contact: Barbara Cella, Dir. of Community Affairs,
Concord Campus, (925) 602-6772