Hayden Nichols ’20

“Receiving the scholarship was validation that I had potential and that my ambitions would result in the change I wanted to make in the world. Somebody saw potential in the person I wanted to be.”

Attending a nationally ranked university on a full-ride scholarship has opened many doors for WVU junior Hayden Nichols.

Nichols, a WVU Foundation Scholar from Elkiew, W.Va., has had multiple opportunities to expand his knowledge on robotics.

WVU’s ‘State of Minds’ fundraising campaign brings in more than $1.2 billion

The largest private fundraising campaign in West Virginia University history saw more than 90,000 donors contribute just over $1.2 billion to the University.

Alumni and friends of WVU contributed $1,218,886,505 to the “State of Minds” campaign which ended Dec. 31, WVU President Gordon Gee announced Tuesday (Feb. 27) during his State of the University Address at Erickson Alumni Center. That amount is more than $200 million over the campaign’s $1 billion goal.

Businessman, entrepreneur Don Hoylman makes leadership gift commitment

Don Hoylman attributes the success of his three children to the education and opportunities they received as students at West Virginia University. He also credits WVU with being a positive driver for his vision and success in creating and growing his businesses.

New endowment to help expand academic scholarship opportunities at CPASS

A newly established endowment will support the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences. The Ted Slahetka Athletic Training Scholarship will provide scholarships for qualified students in the college.

The endowment will offer aid for undergraduate students majoring in Athletic Training at WVU CPASS. The gift amount is $25,000. Walter and Cynthia Slahetka established the scholarship in honor of their son, Ted, a third-year WVU Athletic Training student.

Friends and family of late WVU grad create C. Patrick Laughlin Endowed Scholarship

Years after graduating from West Virginia University, Carl Patrick Laughlin (BA Arts and Sciences, ‘53) became a physician for many of America’s best-known astronauts as a part of NASA’s Space Task Group.

Following medical school at the University of Maryland and an internship at Case Western University, Laughlin joined the Air Force as part of the Berry Plan, which allowed doctors to serve two years in the military.

Scholarship established in memory of beloved WVU physician

The Edwin J. and Naomi F. Morgan Medical Scholarship has been established in memory of Edwin James Morgan, MD.

The $50,000 scholarship has been established by Morgan’s brother and sister-in-law, Raymond F. Morgan, MD, and his wife, Sue Ann Morgan, benefiting the School of Medicine at West Virginia University.

The scholarship will be awarded to a medical student who displays academic merit and financial need, and someone who may have similar qualities to Dr. Morgan—humble, charming, brilliant and committed to helping others.

Leidos gift to support student involvement, research efforts at WVU

A grant from FORTUNE 500 science and information technology company Leidos will assist research initiatives and student involvement at campus events at West Virginia University.

The grant was made through the WVU Foundation and will be used to continue research funding on topics like blockchain technology, and population health data management, which attempts to investigate and alleviate the health problems that ail the state.

West Virginia Innocence Project receives $100,000

The law firm Wilson, Frame & Metheney, PLLC has made a $100,000 gift to the Innocence Project at the West Virginia University College of Law.

The funds, paid over five years, will provide operational support for the West Virginia Innocence Project, a law clinic that serves the wrongfully convicted free of charge while providing work experience for student attorneys.

Sangers Give Additional $1 Million

For the second time in eight years, West Virginia University alumnus Herbert Sanger and his wife, Rita, have given a $1 million donation to the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The gift from the Sangers, who currently reside in Knoxville, Tennessee, will endow scholarships to support the nationally ranked men's basketball team.

Ed Wade remembers Potomac State College in his Will

The family of former faculty member, Ed Wade, recently stopped by West Virginia University Potomac State College, to deliver a check to Campus President Jennifer Orlikoff, which was donated to the College by Wade, who passed away in March of this year.

“Dad loved Potomac State and wanted to remember the College in his will,” said Wade’s daughter, Jennifer Reese. Wade’s son, Chris, confirmed that his dad had a real joy in teaching art to students, but felt that after 26 years, it was time to retire, which he did in May 2000.