Endowment Gifts

The Marshall University Foundation's endowment has been a vital part of private giving to Marshall University for many years. With a principle of more than $75 million, each year the Marshall University Foundation managed endowment fund provides income of more than $3.3 million annually. These dollars help fuel the margin of excellence at Marshall University by offering student many opportunities that would otherwise not exist.

General Scholarship Program

Thanks to the generosity of many, The Marshall University Foundation, Inc. is able to extend the opportunity to receive private scholarships to more than 500 talented and deserving students each year.

Students who receive support are chosen on the basis of criteria representing the donor’s wishes and academic guidelines of the University. Unless otherwise specified, awards may be renewed for up to four years, providing the recipients maintain eligibility standards.

Endowed scholarships may be created a minimum of $15,000 through a one-time gift, a pledge for a period of up to five years, or through a planned gift. Income distributions fund the award after the endowment has been established for at least one year. Additional gifts may be added to increase the fund principle at any time.

The Marshall University Foundation also offers donors the opportunity to provide private scholarship support through expendable awards funded through annual contributions of $1,000 or more. These funds are applied directly to the recipient's educational expenses.

With both endowed and expendable scholarships, the donor has the opportunity to participate in establishing guidelines and in determining the name of the award. All gifts are made to The Marshall University Foundation, Inc. which accepts scholarship funds where selection is not based solely on any of the following criteria unless university policy indicates otherwise: race, gender, religion, handicap or national origin.

An exception to the scholarship procedure is the competitive process for applying to the Society of Yeager Scholars and the John Marshall Scholarship Program through the John R. Hall Center for Academic Excellence.

For more information about establishing a scholarship, please contact Tracy Straub, Coordinator of Donor Relations at 304-696-6781 or toll free 1-866-632-5386 or email straub5@marshall.edu.