Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of University Advancement is to encourage alumni, community members, corporations, foundations and other organizations to become actively engaged in the life of the University and work closely with the WVSU Foundation to acquire gifts to support student scholarships, and other programs.

Donor Stories

Dr. Lateef Y. Saffore, ’96 and Dr. S.Y. Aranmolate-Saffore, ‘99 established an endowed scholarship that provides an annual award to a qualifying freshman or transfer student at West Virginia State University. The Dr. Lateef Y. Saffore and Dr. S.Y. Aranmolate-Saffore Endowed Scholarship combined with other scholarships, goes a long way in ensuring the college experience becomes a reality for many socio-economically challenged families.

 

West Virginia Cabinet Secretary of Commerce, Ed Gaunch, ‘70 established a DAF (Donor Advised Fund), from which he recommends grant support the WVSU Foundation. The benefits are two fold – the foundation receives the gift to support students and ongoing university programs and the investment allocation of the donated assets on any investment growth is tax free for the donor as well as their receiving a charitable deduction.

 

Fred D. Thomas Jr., ‘50 graduated from West Virginia State College with a bachelor's degree in biology. After earning a graduate degree in education, he went on to serve as a middle school science teacher and curriculum coordinator for 35 years.

As a way to give back to his alma mater, Fred made a planned gift commitment to establish a learning center that bears his name. Fred's generosity will help ensure that future generations of Yellow Jackets studying to be teachers have access to the latest high-tech tools while learning to lead the nation's classrooms.

 

Giving News
Giving News

WVSU has received nearly $2 million for upgrades to its football stadium. A ceremony was held thanking NFL Hall of Fame player Willie Lanier’s, non-profit Honey Bear Project, The Bernard H. and Blanche E. Jacobson Foundation and the Kanawha County Commission. Click here to read more.


Scholarships

Scholarships provide much needed funds for students throughout their time at WVSU. Many students would not be able to attend the university without this vital support.


Giving Societies

WVSU Giving Societies recognize our most generous and committed alumni, families and friends who contribute financially on an annual basis to any area of the University.


Honor Roll of Donors

The WVSU Honor Roll of Donors recognizes alumni, friends and supporters who gave during the past year, providing ongoing support to our students and programs.