Friday, May 25, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall University Foundation Inc. has established a scholarship in honor of the late Sam Stanley, who filled several positions at Marshall during a long career that ended when he retired from the Big Green Foundation in 2010.
The endowed fund, known as the Sam Stanley Memorial Scholarship, will be awarded to a full-time student(s) in Marshall’s W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications with first preference going to students majoring in Radio/TV Production and Management or Sports Journalism.
Stanley was a two-time graduate of Marshall, earning a B.A. in Liberal Arts in 1965 and a master’s in Journalism in 1980. He had worked, off and on, at MU since the 1970s, when he was Sports Information Director.
“We are humbled to be able to honor one of our own, and to have the response of the people, some whom I’ve never met, is wonderful,” said Kristi Arrowood, director of Foundation Development and Strategic Programs with the MU Foundation. “Sam was always promoting Marshall. He was, to a lot of people, the face of Marshall.”
Required funds were raised for the endowment, Arrowood said, thanks to a grassroots effort led by School of Journalism graduates and Thunder Club members. Word spread fast, she said, as they used Facebook, e-mails and the Thunder Club newsletter to reach potential contributors.
“To date, we have 25 people who have contributed, with a significant donation from Donna and Selby Wellman, who was his Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity brother,” Arrowood said. “And, Todd Marcum (a Marshall graduate and Thunder Club member) was instrumental in getting the fundraising started.”
Stanley’s wife, Sue, said she was a little surprised that the scholarship was established so quickly.
“But, Sam had an awful lot of friends who knew his love for Marshall,” she said. “It’s wonderful for him to be remembered by his Marshall friends, and to get it done this quickly and to know that he will be continually recognized.”
In addition to working in Sports Information and with the Big Green, Stanley also worked with the MU Alumni Association in the 1990s, serving as assistant vice president for alumni relations. He also worked for The Herald-Dispatch and the former evening paper, the Huntington Advertiser, for many years.