A West Virginia University administrator and her daughter have established an endowment that will provide undergraduate scholarships to WVU students who either attended or worked at the University's National Youth Sports Program (NYSP).
NYSP is a summer program offered free to economically disadvantaged youth through WVU's College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences. Although originally funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the program now receives support primarily through local sponsors. The College continues to receive USDA funding to help support the cost of participants' meals. NYSP maintains the original guidelines established when the camp began in the summer of 1988.
"Serving on the local NYSP advisory board, I am overwhelmed by the amazing impact that the program has on the young people of our community," said Jennifer McIntosh, WVU's Executive Officer for Social Justice and Director of Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Programs. "This program reaches out to those at a most vulnerable age in the summer months when they are most at risk. Our hope is that this endowment will provide further educational opportunities for those involved in NYSP while further advancing the program."
Involving her daughter Lindsey – a WVU law school student – in creating the endowment was important to McIntosh.
"Training our children in the importance of giving should be part of any parent's obligation to the next generation," said McIntosh.
Recipients of the scholarship must demonstrate academic promise and financial need, and must have either attended the NYSP at WVU for two years, or volunteered/worked for the NYSP at WVU for two years. Recipients will be determined by officials in the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences in consultation with the WVU Office of Student Financial Aid.
"Jennifer and Lindsey McIntosh's generous gift will make it possible for a deserving NYSP student to attend WVU and to pursue their career dreams and aspirations," said Dana Brooks, dean of the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences. "Jennifer McIntosh is a member of the NYSP Advisory Board, and throughout the years, has engaged in entrepreneurial activities to help raise funds to support the daily activities of the program. We truly appreciate her and Lindsey's support."