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Honors College students celebrating at graduation, wearing their Honors gold graduation cap and gown.

Giving to the Honors College

When you give to Honors, you recognize the unique, amazing set of opportunities that have shaped our best and brightest at WVU over the last 50 years. From Rhodes Scholars and Fulbright Fellows to leaders in government, medicine and engineering, you honor the achievements of our students and alumni, and the transformative education that shaped them, and pass that opportunity on to our next generation of visionaries and leaders, explorers that will embody the Mountaineer spirit locally and across the world.

Your support will directly help our students take intellectual risks, make discoveries, participate in exciting, cutting-edge research, engage in community-based learning and find their passion. 

The Honors College relies on philanthropists who are willing to move the work forward with gifts, which include planned gifts, endowments that support our programs, and regular Annual Fund giving that allows us to be flexible and move with the needs of our students semester-by-semester. 


Where You Can Help

  • University Honors Program (Annual Fund): By donating to the University Honors Program Fund, you are directly supporting academic exploration through the Honors curriculum, experiential learning including research and internship opportunities, and other programs offered through our living and learning communities.
  • Faculty Research: Supports faculty participation in the Honors College with academic related research, travel, equipment, library resources and other research assistance.
  • Scholarships: Provides scholarships to support experiential learning through internships, research or travel abroad.
  • Undergraduate Research : Supplies the tools to conduct research and supports new research opportunities.  Funding also provides the financial means to attend competitions and make presentations gaining valuable experience aligned with student interests and career goals
  • Stewart Memorial Fund (ASPIRE): Provides direct support for student applications for nationally competitive scholarships or fellowships. Past students have received Rhodes, Truman, and Goldwater scholarships. Activities funded by the Stewart Memorial Fund may include travel to scholarship interviews, supplemental funding for study abroad awards, and research project development.
  • Pre-Health Professional Development Programs: Assist students across the university in navigating the highly competitive application processes for entry to health-related professions. Support underwrites specific experiences like the mock interview process, as well as expenses for sponsoring and attending networking events with schools and employers nationwide.
A gift in any amount to any program matters as we seek to enhance skills and challenge our students to ask questions, seek impossible answers and delve into the unknown. Every gift invested by Honors Alumni and friends strengthens and grows our college. The students we serve shine the light on the breadth and depth of West Virginia University as a premier institution of higher learning.  

Alumni Network

The William E. Collins Alumni Society, named for the second director of the Honors programs, is a way of reconnecting graduates of the West Virginia University Honors College, as well as a support network for the Honors College itself. 

The Society's purpose is two-fold:

  • to foster and enhance educational opportunities for the students of the WVU Honors College.
  • to bring together alumni and friends of the WVU Honors College. 

We are always looking for alumni who want to re-connect with the college as speakers or mentors for students. If you are interested, send a note to Dean Ken Blemings


Our office is prepared to talk with you about any interest you may have in making a gift to the Honors College.

Paula Martinelli
Director of Development
Honors College
West Virginia University