The Wisconsin Covenant promises college funding for high school students who perform well. The huge Morgridge Fund for Wisconsin Scholars provides grants for financially needy high school graduates.

What about adults who want to go back to college?

Good news came this week in the form of a $1 million grant by the Bernard Osher Foundation to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to endow scholarships for returning adult students.

The Osher Reentry Scholarship Program will benefit students -- primarily those aged 25 to 50 -- whose collegiate studies at a four-year campus were interrupted by circumstances beyond their control. Requirements include a cumulative gap...

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