Marshall Rises campaign raises $176 million in support of Marshall University
The Marshall University Foundation today announced that Marshall Rises, the largest and most ambitious fundraising campaign in Marshall University history, has raised more than $176 million in support of the university.
More than 50,000 gifts were recorded during the campaign spread across 1,300 different designations at the university, ensuring that a wide range of programs and projects were directly touched by the campaign.
Marshall Rises publicly launched in October 2019 with a goal of raising $150 million, after having already secured more than $100 million during the quiet phase that began July 2016. By May 2021, the campaign reached its $150 million target, eventually topping $176 million when the campaign formally concluded earlier this year.
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Farrells pledge $100,000 for Brad D. Smith Center for Business and Innovation
The Marshall University Foundation has announced that Michael J. Farrell and Tamela J. Farrell have pledged a gift of $100,000 in support of the new Brad D. Smith Center for Business and Innovation at Marshall University.
“We, as a couple, feel the need to invest in our community and we do it through many different avenues, but the university has always been the one that we felt most passionate about,” Michael Farrell said.
Salem and Hamad establish two scholarships in honor of their children
Dr. Asad Salem and Ms. Ghada Hamad have recently established the Zaynab Salem Scholarship, named for their daughter, to support first-generation college students studying mechanical engineering at Marshall University’s College of Engineering and Computer Sciences.
Zaynab earned her Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Marshall in 2018. From there, she received her J.D. from Duke University, graduating in 2021. Zaynab is an associate practicing patent law at a global law firm in Austin, Texas. Asad said Zaynab’s background in mechanical engineering prepared her for a career in an area of law that is increasing in necessity.
“We established this scholarship because my wife and I want to support women in STEM fields” Asad said. Ms. Hamad is also an engineer, but she decided to go into education, and she is a high school math teacher at Huntington High. “Ghada and I both work to encourage and support female high school and college students who choose to pursue STEM to make these fields less male dominated.”
It’s a dilemma most aspiring college students who grow up in college towns face: Do I stay or do I go?
For Huntington native Tyler Spence, the idea of moving down the road from Covenant School to Marshall University wasn’t very appealing.
However, the idea of not having to take out a loan to attend college was very appealing.
“I went to Marshall originally because it was the only place I could go and not have to take out any loans, so it was purely financial,” Spence said.
Read Tyler’s story in the latest Scholar Spotlight.