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Alumnus gives nearly $1.1 million to WVU for scholarships, discretionary needs

on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 08:00

<p>Family and friends say William Claude &ldquo;Bill&rdquo; Waters knew the value of an education, and had a real desire to help people who couldn&rsquo;t afford to attend college.<br /><br />A 1947 graduate of <a href="">West Virginia University</a>, Waters died in July 2012 at age 93, leaving the University more than $730,000 for discretionary purposes. He had previously made gifts of $350,000 for student scholarships.<br /><br />&quot;Mr. Waters left a legacy of service to his country, as well as a personal and professional devotion to education,&rdquo; said WVU President <a href="">Jim Clements</a>. &ldquo;His gift of supporting students to become teachers is truly one that will touch generation after generation. His discretionary gift will also provide much needed support for the University&#39;s work across our entire land-grant mission. We are very grateful for his gifts and honored to carry on his legacy through the lives that will be positively impacted by them.&quot;<br /><br />Waters grew up in western Monongalia County, graduating from Clay-Battelle High School. He served in the military during World War II, and upon his discharge, attended Fairmont State College where he earned his bachelor&rsquo;s degree in education. He then attended WVU where he earned his master&rsquo;s in education.<br /><br />Waters was employed with the Monongalia County Board of Education, eventually becoming assistant superintendent of schools. He later worked for and retired from Merrill Publishing Company where he was a school book salesman.<br /><br />The scholarships are for students enrolling in WVU&rsquo;s teacher education program through the <a href="">College of Education and Human Services</a>. First choice will go to graduates from Clay-Battelle High School.<br /><br />&ldquo;The William C. Waters Scholarship encourages outstanding students to pursue a career as an educator. We thank him for his many years of support to the College of Education and Human Services. This is a fitting tribute to the memory of Bill Waters,&rdquo; said Lynne Schrum, dean of the College.<br /><br />The annual earnings from his $730,000 estate gift will be made available to the University to use at its discretion.<br /><br />The donation from the estate was made to the <a href="">WVU Foundation</a> as part of A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia&rsquo;s University, a $750 million fundraising effort the Foundation is conducting on behalf of the University.</p>