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We Are Stronger Together

Helping WVU students affected by COVID-19

Unite for WVU students in need

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered the lives of current and prospective WVU students and their families, many of whom are unsure how they will afford higher education costs for the foreseeable future. Your continued support of students in need is changing lives. We will emerge stronger – together.

Every Dollar Helps

With examples ranging from $500 to $150,000, get a better understanding of the immediate impact your gift can make. By directly connecting your donation to specific outcomes, you will see that gifts at any level make a real difference in the lives of our students, particularly at this time of great need.

We are Stronger Together Giving Opportunities

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, WVU students and their families have shared heart-wrenching stories about the significant impact on their lives.

Freshman pre-pharmacy major Kara DiNardo said scholarship support helped her continue her studies after her father’s employer reduced hours and laid off workers due to the pandemic.

“To the people who donated, thank you so much,” DiNardo said. “It means a lot, especially during these unprecedented times. To those considering donating, know that your donation wouldn’t go unnoticed and would be appreciated by many other kids like me.”

Due to the economic impact of COVID-19 in West Virginia and across the nation, many current and prospective WVU students have lost their means of paying for college. Without scholarship aid, these students may be forced to suspend attending classes, enroll elsewhere or drop out altogether.

We understand the unique challenges you may be facing, yet we know that Mountaineers always come together in times of crisis. To date, generous support from alumni, donors and friends has provided more than $280,000 to ensure 250-plus students fulfill their dreams of attending and graduating from college.

Freshman Seth O’Neal is pursuing a degree in nursing. He hopes to eventually improve care for patients across the country as a traveling nurse.

“Without receiving scholarship aid, I wouldn’t be able to achieve this goal,” O’Neal said. “I would have to work longer hours. I would have to sacrifice study time. I wouldn’t be able to receive the full benefits of getting an education.”

Ram Jitendrabhai Zaveri, an international student majoring in neuroscience and computer science, was unable to return home following the spring 2020 semester due to COVID-19 restrictions. His uncle died of the virus, and Zaveri’s father provided aid to the family. In the meantime, Zaveri relied on a research position and donor support to proceed with his education.

“The name of the scholarship is ‘We Are Stronger Together,’ right? We are, indeed, stronger together,” Zaveri said. I really appreciate your support and your help during this time period.”

Isaac Calle-Tapia

Isaac Calle-Tapia


“People may not think $1 or $5 counts, but every dollar gets bigger with another dollar and that actually helps me. I’m pretty thankful for that. If you want to donate 1 cent for a scholarship for someone it’s going to help. Anything can help, and it could help change someone’s life.”

thank you.

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched all our lives in ways big and small. We understand the unique challenges you may be facing. For those who are willing and able to give, your gift means more than ever during this trying time, and we appreciate your commitment to WVU.

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