Supporting excellence, one student at a time

“A huge treat” is how longtime UO employee Barbara Moore described meeting recipients of the scholarship that she and her husband, Maurice, created to help nontraditional UO students.

The Gherty-Moore Nontraditional Student Scholarship, established in 2005, was the first such award in the university’s history. Barbara, whose maiden name was Gherty, said the couple felt moved to “get something on the books” recognizing students who face extraordinary obstacles as they work toward degrees.

The Moores pledged a total of $7,200 for the scholarship, which provides one-year awards of $1,200.

Barbara, UO director of advancement projects, said she and Maurice are thrilled that the university can now provide additional support for nontraditional students as the result of a recent $50,000 grant from the San Francisco-based Bernard Osher Foundation.

“These are very disciplined and dedicated young people,” she said. “We felt the best way to assure their access to a good university education was to provide scholarship support.”