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Center for Continuing and Professional Studies

Bernard Osher/Crankstart Scholarships

The Bernard Osher Scholarship Program

The Bernard Osher Scholarship Program provides scholarships to high achieving adult/non-traditional students. The first award to Morgan State University's Center for Continuing and Professional Studies in 2008 was to establish the Osher Reentry Scholarship Program for adult students. In 2011, as a result of the success of the program, The Bernard Osher Foundation provided a 1 million dollar endowed gift to continue the support of the Osher Reentry Scholarship Program. The scholarship is awarded annually to students who meet scholarship guidelines.

The Crankstart Foundation Scholarship Program

The Crankstart Foundation is a charitable organization started by Michael Moritz and his wife, Harriet. The Foundation primarily supports education but also impacts communities through arts & culture, as well as parks and human services. In 2016, the organization funded a scholarship program at Morgan State University, to support degree completion by adult learners. Since the initial award in 2016, the Crankstart Foundation has continued its support of non-traditional students by renewing the two-year agreement in 2018-2020 and in 2020-2021.

Scholarship Requirements

Both the Bernard Osher and the Crankstart Scholarship programs have similar criteria.

Recipients must meet the following requirements:

  • Currently enrolled as a part-time or full-time MSU student
  • Returning to the University after a gap of 5 or more years
  • Pursuing a Bachelor's degree, between the ages of 25-50
  • U.S. Citizen and Maryland Resident, and 
  • Have a GPA of 2.7 or higher.

For additional information, please complete the Scholarship Interest Form.