Alumna Gives Back to the University That Gave Her So Much

Benjamin and Mary Jane Glasscock

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.

The 102-year-old alumna and former faculty member, who now resides in Morgantown, has included the WVU Foundation in her estate plan, contributing to many different areas of WVU.

Her initial journey to Morgantown first included a stop at Stratford Junior College in Danville, Virginia, before transferring to WVU during her junior year and graduating with her bachelor's degree in music education in 1939. Mary Jane, a first-generation college student, later earned her master's degree from WVU as well in 1947.

After spending four years fresh out of college teaching eighth grade music in Princeton, West Virginia, Mary Jane found her way back to Morgantown, where she taught choral music at University High School for the next 15 years.

In addition to serving as an instructor in WVU's College of Education and Human Resources, Mary Jane supervised music and elementary education student teachers all over Monongalia County; Uniontown, Pennsylvania; and Romney, West Virginia, for 18 years.

Wanting to give back to the University that has meant so much to her, Mary Jane and her husband, Benjamin, opted for four charitable gifts—a testamentary charitable remainder unitrust and several bequests that support WVU Extension, Jackson's Mill, WVU College of Law, John Chambers College of Business and Economics, the Creative Arts Center, WVU Libraries, and financial aid.

"These were the areas of the University that were most important to them," says Susan Arnold, the Glasscocks' daughter. "Her husband's family was profoundly affected by the Depression in the 1930s, and he wanted to give back to help less fortunate. Getting a college education was important to him.

"The library was special to them because that was where they became acquainted, and my dad relied heavily on its resources during his years in college. My mother was very active in 4-H while she was growing up. She spent 15 summers as a 4-H county camp instructor, including being head of the music program at Jackson's Mill. She was initiated into the West Virginia 4-H Hall of Fame for her work in compiling and editing the first 4-H songbook titled West Virginia Sings."

Today, Mary Jane resides at Heritage Point in Morgantown. She enjoys reading, watching the stock market, WVU football and basketball games, and tending to her plants.

"We are so appreciative of the generosity that Mr. and Mrs. Glasscock have shown by choosing to invest in the future of the WVU Extension Service and 4-H with several different planned gifts," says Matthew Clark, Director of Planned Giving. "Our different types of planned gifts are designed to fit individual circumstances, and the variety of her gifts exemplify how planned giving can meet different needs at different stages in life. These lasting gifts will provide substantial support for many years to come, and we are humbled to be a part of her estate plans."

You can make a difference in a student's life, just like the Glasscocks have done for many years and years to come, by creating an endowed scholarship at WVU or simply supporting our educational mission with a gift through your estate. Please contact Matthew Clark at 304-284-4033 or to learn more.