MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) _ A California foundation has endowed a $1 million scholarship fund at West Virginia University for students seeking to return to school at least five years after leaving without a degree.

The gift from the San Francisco-based Bernard Osher Foundation will fund at least 10 scholarships annually valued at $5,000, which can be used solely for tuition and fees. It is intended to benefit students who have considerable years of employability ahead of them.

The foundation was founded in 1977 by businessman and community leader Bernard Osher. Foundation president Mary Bitterman says the organization wants to lighten the financial burden of students pursuing a degree while managing other obligations such as work and family.