Marshall tops $2.5 million in gifts and pledges for research trust fund

Thursday, January 13, 2011

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University officials have announced that end-of-year gifts in December pushed the total amount raised to date for the school’s Bucks for Brains Challenge campaign to $2,570,419.

The goal of the campaign is to raise $15 million dollars in private funds by March 2013 to support Marshall’s research programs. Private contributions will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the state’s West Virginia Research Trust Fund—for a total impact of up to $30 million at Marshall.

The most recent gifts and pledges to the campaign include: 

·     J.H. Fletcher Faculty Summer Research Fellowship in Mechanical Engineering – $125,000

·     Chico’s (in honor of Verna Gibson) for the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research – $200,000

·     Anonymous (Details about this gift will be released at a later date.) – $1 million

Private gifts combined with the state’s match will bring Marshall’s current total for the trust fund program to just over $5.1 million to be used for investments in research at the university.

The state of West Virginia created the trust fund in 2008 to stimulate world-class research at the state’s leading universities. Marshall and West Virginia University can tap into the fund to double private gifts that support specific research initiatives linked to economic development, health care and job growth.

For more information, visit or call the Marshall University Foundation at 304-696-5407 or toll free at (866) 632-5386.

Contact:  Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304.746.1964.