Do I have to be an OLLI
member? No. This program is open to all seniors in Greenville.
Do I have to have a college degree to sign up for Senior Leaders Greenville? No. You just need to have a passion or interest in learning more
about your community and getting involved.
What does the $350 fee include? Nine day-long education sessions with experts, activists and community
leaders; lunch each day; orientation and graduation events; and all class materials.
Are scholarships available to help me pay the fee? Up to 10 scholarships are available. There is a box on the application form to indicate your need.
We will follow up with an application for scholarship support.
Can I get a refund? Your serious commitment to the program is important and for that
reason no refunds will be given after August 15.
Do I have to attend all
the classes? We understand missing a class can sometimes be unavoidable. But
if you miss more than two sessions you will not be able to graduate from Senior Leaders Greenville.
Can I bring a friend or
family member to a class they may be interested in? No. You will be able to bring a guest to graduation. If you have
friends interested in these topics, please encourage them to apply for next
Where will these Day
Programs take place? Some will be located at the Herring Center on the Furman Campus
and others will be held at sites in Greenville relevant to the topic for that day.
When are the sessions? Orientation is in late August. Course sessions will run September-May on
the second Friday of each month. There will be community experiences participants will be encouraged to attend during the year, and a graduation luncheon in May.
Why do I have to fill out
an application form? How will they be judged? It is important to know that an applicant has an interest/passion
for senior issues, and that they actively want to get involved in helping to
address the special issues, problems and opportunities of "seniorhood." A team
of staff and volunteers will review each application. The questions are
designed to help them select a diverse and dedicated class.
How were the topics
chosen? They are largely based on the South Carolina's State Plan on
Aging, which is administered by the Lt. Governor's Office.
Are there other programs
like this? Beaufort, SC and Asheville, NC both have programs similar to Senior
Leaders Greenville. Our program is a customized version modeled after the many
programs we researched during the discovery phase of this initiative.
Who is administering the program? Osher Lifelong Learning Institute @ Furman staff along with a Steering
Committee comprised of OLLI members will administer the program. Key partners
from the community, including Bon Secours Lifewise and Senior Action, serve in an advisory role.
What is expected of me
when I graduate? Senior Leaders Greenville graduates will become advocates and
change-makers, representing the senior population in many ways. You may decide
to join a board; advocate for an issue; lobby legislators; attend civic
meetings and speak out for seniors; serve on a planning commission; run for
office; start a new business for seniors; or something else of your own
Why Senior Leaders
Greenville? For some, retirement brings a loss of purpose and passion after a
lifetime of family, career and the obligations these commitments command. For
many relocating to Greenville from around the country, learning about their new
home is important. Going through Senior Leaders Greenville may provide the
tools to help these seniors find a new fulfillment in retirement.