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Special scholarship campaign now underway

on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:24

WVU and the WVU Foundation are partnering to raise $50 million for student scholarships.  The campaign called “Dream First” urges alumni and friends to support students as they “dream big” and pursue their passions.

The campaign is being launched in response to what WVU President Gordon Gee says is a “difficult, but necessary” increase in tuition. 

“West Virginia University remains extremely cognizant of our students and their families as they face the financial aspects of obtaining a college education – and we want to do right by them,” President Gee said. “At the same time, there is a level of quality that students and families expect when they come to West Virginia University for an education. We will never sacrifice the quality of our University. In fact, we must continue to invest in the very institution that will work hard to ensure a student’s success – both while on campus and in his or her future career.

“That is our mission – to provide an affordable, accessible and quality education to every student who desires to come to West Virginia University. That is the polar star by which we must guide ourselves every day,” Gee said.

Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Gary Pell said, "The WVU Foundation is fully supportive of this initiative. Helping students achieve their higher education dreams by enabling greater access and making it more affordable is, and will continue to be, one the Foundation's top priorities. It’s extremely important to our University and our donors.” 

The timeline to raise the $50 million for scholarships will coincide with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University.  The $1 billion fundraising effort runs through December 2017.

“A primary focus of our ‘State of Minds’ Campaign has been on the undergraduate student experience and scholarship creation,” said Cindi Roth, Foundation President and CEO. “So this new initiative is going to give us an opportunity to increase our determination to provide access to higher education for students while relieving their debt burden. It has and will continue to be about caring for students. It’s why we are here.”