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WVU Foundation to honor endowed scholarship, fellowship donors

on Thu, 06/02/2011 - 08:00

The West Virginia University Foundation is recognizing those alumni and friends of WVU who have created endowed scholarships and fellowships over the past year.

Thirty-three donors will be honored by having a brick engraved with their name placed in the Ernest L Hogan Scholars Walk that is the pathway in front of the downtown campus library. The donors also will be recognized at the Foundation’s annual Woodburn Circle Society dinner on Friday, June 3.

“Without this kind of private support, financial assistance for students would be far less than what it is,” said Wayne King, WVU Foundation president and CEO. “We salute these donors for making an investment in the leaders of tomorrow.”

A well respected member of the life insurance industry, the late Ernest L. Hogan began his career in Beckley, W.Va., with the Peoples Life Insurance Company. After 43 years of climbing the corporate ladder, Hogan retired as president, chairman and CEO of Peoples Life Insurance Company.

At WVU, Hogan is known for creating the Ernest L. and Mildred S. Hogan Scholarship for high school graduates in West Virginia, as well as the establishment of an endowed chair of insurance and risk management at the College of Business and Economics.

Hogan was recognized in 2002 when the pathway in front of the downtown library was named the Ernest L. Hogan Scholars Walk to acknowledge students, faculty and donors for their commitment to the University.

Established in 1954, the WVU Foundation is a private non-profit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of West Virginia University.