The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Diego State University has received a $1 million endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation.
The gift coincides with the 10th anniversary of the institute at SDSU, which offers university-quality courses without tests or grades to San Diego community members 50 years of age or “better.” SDSU President Elliot Hirshman announced the gift during an anniversary celebration Saturday at the university’s Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center.
“We are deeply grateful to Bernie Osher, Mary Bitterman (president of The Bernard Osher Foundation) and the entire staff of The Bernard Osher Foundation for their extremely generous support of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Diego State," Hirshman said. "Through their endowment support, San Diego State will provide opportunities for lifelong learning and enrichment to members of our community in perpetuity."
In the last decade, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SDSU has expanded to include 700 members and more than 145 course offerings annually.
Many SDSU faculty are among the instructors, lecturing on a wide variety of subjects including history, theatre, world affairs, literature, political science, cultural studies and creative arts.
Courses are offered through SDSU’s College of Extended Studies, and the institute is operated by CES staff and supported by Osher Institute volunteers, including an advisory board and four committees.
The Bernard Osher Foundation makes grants and endowment gifts to colleges, universities, and other nonprofits in four program areas: post-secondary scholarships, lifelong learning institutes for seasoned adults, select integrative medicine programs, and arts and educational organizations.