As we welcome students back to a snowy campus this week, it’s easy to feel the excitement and anticipation of a new semester. Our team at The Erickson Alumni Center is fortunate to experience that excitement firsthand as we interact with Loyalty Permanent Endowment Fund (LPEF) scholarship recipients. Those interactions allow for the opportunity to talk with them about their goals and aspirations. Based on those conversations, it is more apparent now than ever, that scholarship contributions are making a difference in the lives of our beloved University and its student body.
For some of our students, scholarship funds help to cover the cost of their books and tuition during their time at WVU. For others, it may contribute to things like childcare, technology, and other living expenses necessary for student success. Often, the impact of a scholarship allows for more time to focus on the academic and extra-curricular pursuits of their college experience, encouraging learning and growth inside and outside of the classroom
As alumni, you can help shape the future for current and prospective students by engaging in one of our many scholarship-generating programs including the annual Day of Giving, the Marmaduke Dent Benefit, or by becoming a member of the WVU Alumni Association.
By supporting your local chapter, you can also play a critical role in the growth of student scholarships for individuals that reside in your geographic area. This academic year, 75 WVU students have been awarded scholarships funded by a local alumni chapter.
Additionally, the WVU Alumni Association’s LPEF has helped more than 4,500 deserving students realize their dreams through the transformative power of a WVU education since the inception of the program. In the coming weeks, 495 more students will be added to that list when they receive scholarship support for the spring semester, continuing an 80-plus year tradition.
Our students are both the foundation and the future of our university, and at the Alumni Association, we believe strongly in creating opportunities for students to thrive during their time at WVU and throughout their lifetime as Mountaineers. When contributing to a scholarship fund at WVU, you invest in the future of our alma mater. We are incredibly grateful to have a steadfast, loyal alumni base who care deeply about student success at WVU.
Kevin Berry (’94; ’95)
WVU Alumni Association