On December 31, 2017, West Virginia University’s ‘A State of Minds Campaign’ came to a close with more than $1.2 billion donated. For CEHS, it was a milestone event. Generous contributions, totaling $9,876,999 from alumni and friends set CEHS well above its $6.6 million goal.
“This accomplishment is amazing,” said CEHS Dean Gypsy Denzine. “Our alumni and friends devote their entire careers to educating and helping other people. They also make giving to their alma mater a financial priority. We have the most loyal donors, who care deeply about the success of our students and the future of the College of Education and Human Services. CEHS students and faculty members have greatly benefitted from the generosity of our donors and they will continue to thrive in the future.”
During the campaign, CEHS established 48 new scholarship funds, nine research funds, 17 program support funds and three professorships/directorships. For the 2017-2018 academic year, a total of $196,775 was awarded in aid to CEHS students from these funds.
“I have been fortunate to benefit from multiple scholarships in my time as a student at CEHS,” said JR Sprouse, a student in CEHS’ master of arts in certification program. “These scholarships have allowed me to stay in school full-time as I pursue my goal of becoming a teacher. I’ve met my scholarship donors and have been humbled by their generosity, passion and commitment to our College and to WVU.”
The University’s campaign was publically launched June 2, 2012, as a three-year campaign with $750 million goal. In the summer of 2014, the goal was crushed. As a result the campaign was extended to December 2017 with a new goal of $1 billion. That new goal was met in the summer of 2016.
For CEHS, the $6.6 million College goal was surpassed in April 2016. The largest percentage of donations came from individuals, mostly from CEHS alumni. The rest of the contributions came from sources including corporations, foundations, trusts and estates.
“‘Once a Mountaineer always a Mountaineer’ is the best way to describe the donors who gave so generously and made it possible for CEHS to exceed its campaign goal by more than $3 million,” said Dr. Bill Bingman, chair of the CEHS Visiting Committee. “For me and many others, donating is one way to thank West Virginia University for providing an education that has allowed me to achieve my lifetime goals.”
The first ever WVU Day of Giving, was included in this success with over $337,000 being donated to CEHS by alumni and friends on November 7, 2017. On this day, out of 145 donors, 56 made their first-ever donation to the University via a gift to our College.
“As we celebrate this success, we must also look forward,” Denzine said. “We rely on the support of our generous donors as we continue to meet West Virginia’s needs and serve as a leader in education and human services.”