History

OLLI at UVA furthers Lifelong Learning in the Charlottesville Area

OLLI Celebrates 20 Years

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Virginia (OLLI at UVA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that was started by people who came together because of their desire to continue to learn and explore in interaction with other active adults. Our founders became aware of other lifelong learning programs from which they could borrow ideas, and the Jefferson Institute for Lifelong Learning (JILL) was organized and began offering courses in February of 2001.

The University of Virginia gave JILL a grant of $25,000 to encourage startup, and in 2005, the organization became a University-affiliated foundation.

In June 2007, JILL received a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation and changed the name to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UVA as required by the terms of the grant. In 2003, OLLI received a second grant of $25,000, making it one of the few, to receive such a grant. Through the affiliation with the Osher National Resource Center, networking is made available with 125 OLLIs nationwide.

Now celebrating 20 years of growing strong!

OLLI started with 17 instructors and 98 student participants in 2001. By the spring of 2011, there were 63 instructors and 684 student participants. In the last several academic years, OLLI at UVA offered 193 courses that were attended by over 2,100 student participants. Projections  show that the population of the Charlottesville area will grow by 12%  in 2022 and the Valley area will grow by more than 7%. OLLI at UVA will continue to a community benefit, offering robust course offerings, exciting trips, and a community of friendly faces.

We hope you will join us as we continue to serve seniors in our community with short courses, classes and events to enhance lifelong learning for active adults in the Charlottesville area. To learn more, go to our Membership page.