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Does your OLLI administer scholarships for class tuition?

Posted on June 20th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Maralie BeLonge, OLLI at the University of New Mexico, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI administer scholarships for class tuition? If so, what guidelines for dispersal are utilized and how are the scholarships funded?

5 Responses to “Does your OLLI administer scholarships for class tuition?”


  1. We offer scholarships for one class per semester; applicant is asked to fill out a scholarship form explaining why they are requesting the scholarship and approval is needed from the OLLI director and the Sr. Assoc. Dean to whom the OLLI director reports. We started out with no limit to the number of classes in a semester for a scholarship and learned that it is better to limit to just one per semester. We don’t offer a scholarship for OLLI membership.


  2. We offer scholarships each semester. We originally had a scholarship fund of $10,000 given by a former member many years ago. We have gone through that but we continue to offer scholarships for those that ask, and we provide 8-10 each semester. The only criteria we have is for someone to send me a handwritten note to request a scholarship. It remains confidential, and we encourage recipients along with all of our members to volunteer. In tandem with membership fee’s and donations, it really costs us nothing, and is a wonderful community service.
    Anne Wallace, OLLI at American University


  3. We offer scholarships. All one has to do to apply is speak to a staff member. We have an informal limit of one or two classes. We like the member to pay at least some of the tuition - even $5 to have an investment but we have done full tuition scholarships. We generally don’t scholarship membership but have done partials in the past.


  4. We will be offering scholarships this fall on a more formal basis. We are asking they pay for their membership and they will be able to receive 1-2 classes each semester. The money will be funded by a fund raiser we have in place that will begin in the fall of 2012.


  5. We do not offer scholarships, however we have a volunteer exchange for course tuition. Through our Course Ambassador Program, OLLI member volunteers are trained to be a monitor for individual courses to include greeting class participants, turning on the classroom technology, taking registration, greeting the instructor,and closing the building when the class is over. We do not have any problems recruiting for these positions as their course is tuition waived.

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