University College at Rockland announces the availability of Osher Scholarships for the University of Maine System Fall 2014 semester, which begins Sept. 2.

The UMS offers Osher Scholarships to encourage more Maine people of all ages to participate in higher education. Those interested must have no prior college experience, and scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

An Osher Scholarship will cover the cost of one university course, including tuition, fees, books and required materials. To qualify, a student must be a Maine resident, a high school graduate or GED recipient, and someone who is committed to completing a 100, 200 or developmental level university course.

The Osher Scholarship is made possible by a gift made in 2000 from The Bernard Osher Foundation. Since then, thousands of students have received scholarships and have enrolled in university courses statewide. Once enrolled, students enjoy personalized support from experienced advisors. Students can make use of tutoring services, as well as a variety of skill-development workshops.

"The number of Osher Scholarships available each semester is limited, so it’s important that students apply early,” said Deborah Meehan, director of University College at Rockland. “The application process is quite easy, and we have advisors who can answer any questions and help people get started. If people have been thinking about trying college, this is a wonderful opportunity to get financial support to get going," Meehan added.

For more information about Osher Scholarships for the Fall 2014 semester, contact University College at Rockland at 596-6906 or visit