Quarterly Donor Spotlight- Marc Williams
Scholarships are a reward for hard work; a game changer; or the difference toward obtaining a college degree or continuing studies upon graduation. These are some of the ways Marshall University’s students describe the generous investment in the betterment of future generations.
Some students look into the costs of higher education and discover that Marshall’s curriculum and expenses align best with their career goals and budget.
Marc Williams chose to attend Marshall University because it was affordable.
“My father was a member of the faculty at Marshall from 1972 until 1996 and my brother, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, had just graduated,” said Marc, who turned down a debate scholarship to focus on academics.
“Once I started at Marshall, I got involved in Student Government and soon was hooked on the leadership opportunities that were available,” he said.
One of Marc’s favorite Marshall memories stems from his time as a student.
“December 5, 1981, WVU came to Huntington for the first time to play Marshall. The Henderson Center had just opened and the place was filled to the rafters, and very loud,” he recalled. “My friends from Morgantown were convinced that WVU was going to blow out the Herd. Our center was Charles Jones and unknown to him, his mother came in and sang the national anthem. Charlie was so moved that he went out and had the game of his life. We won by 13 points.”
After graduating from Marshall, Marc attended the West Virginia University College of Law. Now practicing in several different industries for Nelson Mullins in Huntington, West Virginia, Marc previously served as an adjunct professor of sports law at Marshall for 16 years.
Marc has served as the president of three national legal organizations: DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar, Lawyers for Civil Justice and the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence. He was also named one of the inaugural Lawyers and Leaders Award winners by the West Virginia University College of Law and West Virginia Executive magazine.
As an alumnus of Marshall, Marc decided to give back to his alma mater through the recent establishment of the Marc E. Williams Scholarship, a renewable scholarship for full- or part-time undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing. He did this because of his belief that Marshall gave him the education he needed to make it possible to participate in issues on a national level.
“Universities are about creating opportunities for growth and development of the next generation. Scholarships are desperately needed for the people Marshall serves,” explained Marc. “While Marshall is a publicly funded institution, private gifts are essential to giving deserving students a chance to shine. The best use of my contribution is to give access to education.”
Marc encourages students to not hesitate to take risks to advance career goals.
“Anything is possible if you set what might seem as unreachable goals,” he said. “If we have any hope for the goals for the communities served by Marshall, it will be determined by the success of giving access to education to all of those young people who dream of a better life. We are providing an environment where they can be challenged and can learn that they have the tools to succeed in life.”
He hopes that Marshall continues to be a changing force in Huntington and West Virginia.
“I hope that it (Marshall) will always be a home for students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to show what they can achieve,” he explained.
While Marshall University strives to be affordable to all students, the Marc E. Williams Scholarship will undoubtedly assist students in achieving their dreams.
For questions about a student’s eligibility for the Marc E. Williams Scholarship, please contact Marshall University’s Office of Student Financial Aid.