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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 directly helps 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

Annual Fund (2V153)

    • Provides opportunities for academic exploration and experiential learning activities, including further development through living and learning communities.  
    • Gives assistance to students to allow them broader access to recruitment, networking, and professional preparation opportunities on and off campus.
    • Helps students take advantage of shadowing, research, and internship opportunities that enhance their applications to health professional schools.
    • Supports tools for research, travel expenses, and conference fees to support undergraduate presentation, costs associated with research publication, and activities of the office to promote undergraduate presentation opportunities.  
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    • Funding will support tools for research, travel expenses, and conference fees to support undergraduate presentation, cost associated with publication, activities of the office to promote undergraduate presentation opportunities such as Undergraduate Research Day at the State Capitol and additional scholarship to financially support more positions for undergraduate research.
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    • Provides for a broader access to recruitment, networking, and professional preparation opportunities on and off campus to make our WVU students the best candidates they can be through the professional program application process. Assists students to take advantage of shadowing, research and internship opportunities that enhance their applications.

William & Karen Collins Experiential Learning Endowment (3V390)

  • Fund endowed by former Director of the WVU Honors Program
  • Provides funds to support students in experiential learning opportunities in the upper division of the WVU Honors College to include: 
    • Study Abroad assistance
    • Research opportunities, including funding for research supplies and travel to conferences
    • Internships, especially those with limited or no pay

J & C Nath Endowment for Faculty Research (3V269)

  • Provides for senior scholarships and an annual Nath Honors College Lecture as part of the David Hardesty Festival of Ideas. The lecturer may receive honorarium or, if a WVU Faculty, funding for academic-related research travel, equipment, library resources or research assistance.

Stewart Memorial Fund – ASPIRE (3S226)

  • Activities that directly support a student’s application for nationally competitive scholarships or fellowships. These activities may include travel to scholarship interviews, supplemental funding for study abroad awards, and research projects development.
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Day of Giving - March 9, 2022

Thank you to all of our Honors friends for making the fifth WVU Day of Giving such a success! We appreciate your support. Missed the Day of Giving? You can still support us on the  Honors College Giving page.

Alumni Network

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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.

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Brian Hoover
Development Officer
Honors College
West Virginia University