LLI Spotlight: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of North Carolina Wilmington - Shelley Morse, Director
By Peter Spiers

The University of Carolina Wilmington had a continuing education program—including community-focused non-credit courses—for several years before becoming aware of the Osher Foundation’s grant program, received its first grant in 2005, with subsequent $1 million endowment grants in 2007 and 2011. OLLI UNCW now boasts a full-time staff of four and 1,600 members from a growing coastal Carolina retirement population, attracted to the area by great weather, a relaxed lifestyle, cultural amenities such as a new 1,200-seat performance center, the University environment and, of course, the OLLI itself. Members pay an annual membership fee of $50 or $30 for either of the program’s two semesters, plus a separate course fee for the different programs and events. The OLLI is fortunate to have its own building, a renovated former ice cream restaurant that opened in 2010 with a large classroom and three offices. Shelley Morse has been the OLLI’s Director since 2012.