Osher Foundation awards Towson University $1 million endowment grant

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Funds will establish endowment for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
TOWSON, Md. – The Bernard Osher Foundation has awarded Towson University $1 million to establish an endowment for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at TU.
OLLI at TU offers adults age 50 and older opportunities for continued learning, along with programs and activities for social and cultural enrichment.
The Osher Foundation provided the endowment after awarding three consecutive annual $100,000 grants to help grow the decade-old program’s course offerings and membership. This endowment will provide a source of permanent support to augment membership and tuition income.
Each spring and fall term, OLLI at TU offers more than 40 courses in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.  There are no grades or college credits to be earned; participants take courses for the enjoyment of learning. In addition to its on-campus program, OLLI furthers its community outreach mission through partnerships, offering courses at area retirement communities and senior centers, and lectures and a book club at the Towson branch of the Baltimore Country Public Library. 
OLLI at TU has enriched the lives of hundreds of Baltimore area seniors through intellectually stimulating programming and the social engagement that accompanies membership. Each year members have contributed more than 4,600 hours of volunteer service back to OLLI at TU.
“Thanks to the Bernard Osher Foundation’s generous support, OLLI at TU has heightened its profile, grown its membership in excess of 500, and furnished and equipped its classrooms to create a learning environment befitting the breadth and caliber of its courses,” said Towson University President Robert L. Caret.
OLLI will host a preview of its fall 2009 term on July 30, 2009 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Merrick Lecture Hall, Goucher College. Teachers will give brief snapshots of their upcoming courses. Guests are invited to attend. For more information on the preview and OLLI at TU, call 410-704-3535, e-mail [email protected] or visit http://www.towson.edu/outreach/olli/.
Founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, the Bernard Osher Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life through support of higher education and the arts.  Since 2001, the Foundation has provided grant funds to foster the growth and development of 120 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes currently operating at universities and colleges across the country.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a component of Towson University’s Extended Education and Online Learning program (EEOL), and the Division of Economic and Community Outreach (DECO).

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