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UM Gets $1 Million For Nontraditional Student Scholarships

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The University of Montana receives a $1 million grant towards a scholarship program for non-traditional students.

Patrick Wayne said as a father he plays an important role.

"Part of my role, I believe, is to show my son, even late in life, worthy things are worth a pursuit," Wayne said.

Wayne has done just that by returning to school at 47-years-old in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

"Going back at a later age is often received as sacrifice, and having the scholarship, it makes it an enrichment," Wayne said.

Wayne is one of 40 Osher re-entry scholars at the University of Montana.

The Osher Re-entry Scholarship Program is designed to help students out of college for five or more years, afford to go back to school.

Beth Hammock of the UM Foundation said, "These are people who really want their degree. They went to school for a while, and for what ever reason they had to drop out."

Based out of San Francisco, the Bernard Osher Foundation first gave UM $50,000 in fall 2010 to start a program for re-entry students. The university is now being rewarded with another $50,000 grant to fund more scholarships

"I know from students I talked to, this is just meaningful to them, because these are people with families and their trying to have opportunities for their families, and college degrees makes difference," Hammock said.

Wayne hopes to graduate in 2014, ahead of schedule, and without significant debt.

"It's been a great opportunity, making education more educational and not a sacrifice," Wayne said.

The grant is set to start funding scholarships in the 2014-15 academic year. To find out how you can apply for an Osher Re-entry Scholarship, visit UM's Financial Aid Office. 

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