Scholarship to Pave Way For Promising Engineers and Scientists

Barbara and Charles Meredith

Barbara and Charles 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. With a gift to their alma mater made through the WVU Foundation, they hope to provide that kind of support to ensure that future generations have the resources they need to succeed and thrive.

"Our degrees did well by us, but our country is running behind many others in producing engineers and scientists," Charlie says. "If we are going to keep up and hold our place in the world, we are going to need huge numbers of them. We want to do something that would have a lasting effect."

The Charles E. and Barbara R. Meredith Scholarship will recognize future full-time sophomores, juniors and seniors within the Statler and Eberly Colleges. Although it is available to any student who qualifies, the scholarship will give preference to West Virginia natives. The Merediths' hope is that with this financial support, more students within the schools will have a chance to succeed, graduate and compete as leading engineers and scientists in the United States and beyond.

The couple will fund the scholarship through a gift in their wills and by naming the WVU Foundation as a beneficiary of a retirement account. "We knew we could leave enough added income for our kids throughout their lives, and then we thought, let's put the capital back to our roots," Barbe says. "We're hoping we can make an impact, and help West Virginia students, even when we're no longer around."

Charlie is a 1954 graduate from the College of Business and Economics, and Barbe is a 1955 graduate from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. The two met on Halloween of 1952 at a WVU Wesley Foundation dance.

After graduating, Charlie joined the Army. He spent 17 months in Korea before returning to the United States and a career with Western Electric, starting in Chicago. Barbe also worked with Western Electric before having the first of their two children, Deborah and Steven. Then, in the post-kinder departure, she had a career as a proofreader for the U.S. government.

Charlie retired from Western Electric but has stayed active, teaching ski lessons for two seasons at Eldora Mountain Resort in Colorado. He is still an avid skier.

The Merediths currently reside in Boulder, Colorado, as "born again natives," and enjoy traveling and biking, riding anywhere from 4,000 to 6,000 miles every year. The couple, who recently celebrated 63 years of marriage, believe in the educational mission of WVU and urge others to make a lasting impact through their estate plans as well.

"This is the way to go," Barbe says. "Put the money to use when you're gone. You have to do it for the future."

With many students relying on financial aid and scholarships to attend WVU, your gift, like the Merediths', can make a lasting impact on our students' lives. To learn more about the many ways you can support WVU indefinitely, contact Matthew Clark at 304-284-4033 or plannedgiving@wvuf.org.