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Thanks to extraordinary support from alumni and friends, the WVU Foundation received a record $270.1 million in new gifts and pledges in FY ’21, including 38,480 gifts from 18,216 donors.

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Generous donor support is empowering WVU to advance education, healthcare and prosperity in the Mountain State and beyond.

Alys and Brad Smith: Founders, Wing 2 Wing Foundation

WVU receives $25 million gift to support outdoor economic development, develop new remote worker program

A $25 million gift to  West Virginia University from Intuit executive Brad Smith and his wife, Alys, will fund innovative new programs to ignite West Virginia’s economy, develop world-class recreational infrastructure and expand outdoor educational opportunities.

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David Allen

$4.8M trust gift bolsters education, health and athletics

A $4.8 million trust gift from longtime West Virginia University supporter David G. Allen is benefitting five programs across campus that reflect his diverse interests in education, health, athletics and more.

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Visa executive and WVU alumnus William Sheedy and his wife, Patricia, are donating $2.5 million to the Chambers College for an experiential learning pavilion.

William and Patricia Sheedy commit $2.5 million to bring experiential learning to future business students in Reynolds Hall

As Reynolds Hall, the new hub for business education on the campus of West Virginia University continues to build on the Morgantown waterfront, a John Chambers College of Business and Economics alumnus has given a gift that will ensure that it will build the business leaders of the future by way of experiential learning when it opens in 2022.

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James and Catherine Eliades Faller donate a $1.7 million legacy gift for chemical engineering students in need.

Couple’s legacy gift aids chemical engineering students at Statler College

Chemical engineering students in need will benefit from a $1.7 million legacy gift made by an alumnus of West Virginia University’s Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and his wife. 

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Stories of IMpact

WVU graduation ceremonies, May 2021

Scholarship initiative provides $389K to students affected by pandemic

Generous support from West Virginia University alumni, donors and friends is empowering more than 400 students in need to proceed with their education amid the enduring economic challenges of COVID-19.

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Jim and Marsha Blair

$1.75M gift provides scholarships for Md. students to attend WVU, Potomac State College

A $1.75 million gift from a West Virginia University alumnus and his wife will empower students from Allegany County, Maryland, to further their education at WVU’s main campus in Morgantown and WVU Potomac State College in Keyser.

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Josh Dietz

Halliburton software grant aids students

Students at West Virginia University’s Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources will gain practical experience using industry-leading energy exploration and production software thanks to a multimillion-dollar grant by Halliburton Landmark, a Halliburton Company business line.

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2020 Ruby Fellows

2020 class of Ruby Fellows named

Three students pursuing doctoral degrees at West Virginia University are receiving funding through the Ruby Scholars Graduate Fellows Program. Jared Beard, Evan Cramer and Kinsey Reed are this year’s Ruby Fellows.

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Where the University’s donors came from in FY ’21

2021 Donor Map


WVU System Impact Infographic
FY 2021 Gifts by Dollars
FY 2021 Gifts by Source Donors
FY 2021 WVUF Asses Under Management

Health & Medicine

Health Sciences 2021 Infpgraphics
Dr. P.S. Martin, director of the WVU School of Medicine’s Division of Prehospital Medicine

WVU partners with DTE Energy Foundation to establish West Virginia’s first EMS physician response team, save lives in rural areas

A new pilot project launched by the West Virginia University School of Medicine in partnership with the DTE Energy Foundation will deploy physicians to respond to emergencies in rural areas of West Virginia, improving access to – and quality of – emergency care to save lives statewide.

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Mickey and Deborah Knowles

$1.27M gift boosts Huggins research endowment at WVU Cancer Institute

A Charleston man’s $1.27 million gift to the WVU Cancer Institute will help improve cancer care for future patients in memory of his late wife, certified orthopedic nurse Deborah K. Knowles.

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COVID under the scope

Private support aids efforts to control, contain COVID-19 by studying variants

Private philanthropic support is driving timely COVID-19 research by West Virginia University – along with partners at Marshall University and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources – that could ultimately save lives in the Mountain State.

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WVU Health Sciences Faculty

Donors to Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy boost support for facilities, student services and scholarships

Established donors to the West Virginia University Schools of Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy increased their support in fiscal year 2021 to upgrade facilities, improve services and bolster scholarships for WVU students.

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