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 in education of five or more years.

Qualified students may include part-time and full-time students, both new students and those currently enrolled, who demonstrate financial need and high academic potential. The grants are intended for a first undergraduate degree, not for graduate students or those seeking an additional degree.

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