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Annual giving is an important source of private financial support that ensures students receive a quality education at WVU. Annual giving provides vital resources that allow WVU to excel as a world-class research facility and an exemplary teaching institution. Those resources also enable the University to perform services and outreach to the state, region and nation, thus fulfilling its land-grant mission.
Annual Giving Programs
We Are Stronger Together
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a critical impact on many WVU students, prospective students and their families. Because of furloughs and the closure of businesses across West Virginia and the country, many current and prospective students have lost their means of paying for college. As a result, students may choose to suspend attending classes, re-enroll elsewhere or drop out completely. New student enrollment at WVU is also expected to suffer because of the financial hardship caused by the pandemic. WVU will need private support in the form of unrestricted emergency scholarships to ensure current students are taken care of and prospective students can fulfill their dreams of attending college.
The Augusta Scholarship endowment enables family, friends, and organizations to honor
or memorialize a loved one while helping a deserving student attend WVU.
In Memory Of/In Honor Of gifts, unless otherwise directed by the donor, become part of the Augusta Scholarship fund’s endowment principal to assist undergraduate students with financial need. The WVU Foundation recognizes Augusta Scholarship gifts exceeding $1,000 (outright or cumulative) by including a brief biographical listing of the individual being honored or memorialized in the Augusta Scholarship Register. The Augusta Register may be viewed by students and visitors to the Mountainlair, WVU’s Student Union. It can also be viewed on the Foundation’s interactive donor recognition wall at the Erickson Alumni Center.
Gold Blue & YouEach year, WVU faculty and staff make gifts to financially strengthen the University. Generous internal financial contributions are an excellent example of how faculty and staff support the University beyond their day-to-day responsibilities.
Day of Giving
WVU Day of Giving is a one-day fundraising event for all members of the WVU community. Alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of West Virginia University are welcome and encouraged to participate. The goal is to engage our community to advance the mission of West Virginia University. The Day of Giving helps to raise critical funding to ensure the University continues to build upon our infrastructure to provide big opportunities for our students. Together — in one day — we help forge a brighter future for WVU.
Pride Travel Fund
For over ten years, the Pride Travel Fund, established by the WVU Foundation, has enabled the WVU Marching Band to perform at locations across the state and country. Performances away from Milan Puskar Stadium allow the band to serve as an ambassador for WVU as it performs in front of alumni, friends and prospective students.
WVU Family FundThe WVU Family Fund gives parents and families of current WVU students an opportunity to make a gift that will help improve the quality of student life. The Foundation, in collaboration with the WVU Division of Student Affairs, has identified programs you can support that will benefit all students at WVU.
Mountaineer Engagement Center
Through the Foundation's telemarketing program, WVU student Engagement Ambassadors contact alumni and friends of the University on behalf of its colleges, schools and selected programs. Integral to the University's development efforts, the Ambassadors add personality and style to WVU's outreach to alumni and friends. The Mountaineer Engagement Center informs alumni of campus news and events, update personal records, answer questions and ask for financial support for various programs.Apply online
Advancing WVU is a crowdfunding platform to help members of the WVU community raise money to advance education, research and patient care at WVU – including those focused on student groups, student experiences, athletics, or healthcare initiatives.
This program gives WVU undergraduate seniors and final-year professional students an opportunity to make their first-ever gift to WVU's academic programs. It also provides recent alumni with the ability to stay connected to the university, while also making a huge impact on future mountaineers.Learn more
Women of WVU
Established in 2014, this group acts as a giving circle providing women who love the University another way to become involved using educational activities, networking opportunities and philanthropy. A minimum $1,000 contribution, which is used in the awarding of grants through the Women of WVU Enrichment Fund, is required for membership.Learn more/Join Women of WVU