Meet Our Donors

The Art of Giving Back

Kathy Maes

Kathy Maes’ career in the arts and higher education gave her invaluable insight into how hard it can be to afford college. She is using her planned gift to fund a scholarship in hopes of helping future Mountaineers succeed. Read More

Celebrating Their Life Together

Linda and Art Jacknowitz

As a tribute to her late husband, WVU alumna Linda Jacknowitz is celebrating their shared passions through gifts in her estate. Read More

WVU alumna’s $1.6M legacy gift boosts research at School of Medicine

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A $1.6 million legacy gift from a late West Virginia University alumna will bolster School of Medicine research efforts to improve health in the Mountain State and beyond. Read More

$1.4M estate gift to benefit the WVU Libraries’ West Virginia & Regional History Center

Betty Lou Ramsey

History buffs statewide will benefit from a $1.4 million estate gift from a late West Virginia University professor to support the West Virginia & Regional History Center at WVU Libraries. Read More

Planned gift will benefit WVU College of Creative Arts students

Lotus MacDowell

Lotus MacDowell has been a staple in the North Central West Virginia art community for nearly four decades. Her legacy is now growing with a planned gift commitment in the West Virginia University School of Art & Design. Read More

$1M estate gift from late Mylan co-founder supports students through collaborative learning space in WVU Reynolds Hall

Donald Panoz

A $1 million estate gift from Donald Panoz will support Reynolds Hall, the new home of the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, which is scheduled to be completed in April, 2022. Read More

Estate gift benefits WVU School of Medicine, WVU Tech chemistry program

Mary Lou Hudnall

Students in medicine at West Virginia University’s main campus and chemistry at West Virginia University Institute of Technology will benefit from a nearly $1.4 million estate gift made by Mary Lou Hudnall. Read More

Chambers’ planned gift to benefit WVU

John and June Richie Chambers

The legacy of Drs. John T. (Jack) and June Richie Chambers of Charleston will live on through a planned gift made by the late alumni to West Virginia University. Read More

Alum Mary McKinley pays tribute to the School of Nursing with planned gift

Mary McKinley

West Virginia University alum and Mountain State native Mary McKinley is honoring the difference the School of Nursing made in her life with a gift in her will. Read More

$4.8M trust gift bolsters education, health and athletics at West Virginia University

David G. Allen

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. Read More

Former CNN Anchor Gives Back

Denise LeClair Cobb

WVU journalism graduate and former CNN anchor Denise LeClair Cobb established a charitable gift annuity to create future educational opportunities. Read More

Late WVU alum, WW II veteran leaves more than $2 million for engineering student scholarships

Forrest and Barbara Coontz

A late West Virginia University alumnus and World War II veteran has left $2.3 million in his will to the University. Read More

Couple leaves behind a legacy of scholarship for future WVU students, 4-H'ers

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Burkey and Marylou Lilly were proud graduates of West Virginia University. As the parents of three children, grandparents of five grandchildren and great grandparents to three great grandchildren, they valued education and service. Read More

WVU Reed College of Media receives largest single donation in school history through planned gift to support education and journalism in the state

Luanne and Bob Kittle

Students will be better equipped to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing media landscape thanks to a gift from an award winning journalist and West Virginia University alumnus. Read More

Wadsworth family makes $6 million gift commitment to WVU

Maurice and JoAnn Wadsworth

A loyal alumnus and his wife have continued their history of giving to West Virginia University with a $6 million gift that will expand opportunities for students, increase support for faculty, research and other programs in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Read More

Alumna Gives Back to the University That Gave Her So Much

Benjamin and Mary Jane Glasscock

When Mary Jane Glasscock first came to West Virginia to help her sister move from Michigan to Princeton, she didn't anticipate the significant impact West Virginia University would have on her life—nor the impact she would make on future students there. Read More

Former Interim President Magrath Remembers WVU With Gift

C. Peter Magrath

C. Peter Magrath, who served as interim president of West Virginia University from 2008-2009, is leaving nearly $1 million in his estate plan to the WVU Foundation. Learn the details and watch a video about his gift. Read More

Alumnus David Wallace Gives Back in Many Ways

David Wallace

Longtime supporter and alumnus David Wallace says lifelong friends and wonderful memories made it an easy decision to give back to his alma mater. Read More

Scholarship to Pave Way For Promising Engineers and Scientists

Charles and Barbara Meredith

WVU alumni and native West Virginians Charles and Barbara Meredith recognize the need to support the future education and success of promising engineers and scientists, primarily from West Virginia. Read More

A Gift They'll Never Forget

Sharon and Kenneth Murray

Three sons fund a scholarship in honor of their appreciative parents—and add to the endowment annually. Read More

A Tale of Two Sisters

Jeanette Bendula

An Ohio woman honors the giving legacy of her only sister by establishing a nursing scholarship at WVU in her honor. Read More

Alumna Hugs Back With an Estate Gift to WVU

Antoinette Petrucci

An alumna honors her husband's life forever by establishing a scholarship in his name. Read More