Graduate research at West Virginia University will take a major step forward with a $4.6 million gift from the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust, which combined with matching dollars from the state Research Trust Fund will create a nearly $10 million endowment in support of exceptionally talented graduate students from all over the world.
The gift creating the WVU Ruby Scholars Graduate Fellowship Program announced Monday (March 14) is the largest ever benefitting graduate research fellowships at the University.
“The goal of this new program is to attract and assist exceptionally talented graduate students from across the country who show extraordinary promise in scholarship, research, leadership and service to further develop these talents through the graduate school experience,” Stephen B. Farmer, member of the McQuain Trust board of trustees, said in announcing the gift.
“The Trust’s financial support will enable the WVU Ruby Scholars Graduate Research Fellows to commit themselves to expanding their talents and using those talents to benefit the people of West Virginia, present and future, as well as the nation and world,” Farmer said.
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