Ambassador Joseph S. Farland, retired, has contributed $50,000 to the West Virginia University Foundation, Inc. to create a scholarship at the West Virginia University College of Law.

The scholarship endowment, the Ambassador Joseph S. Farland Scholarship,provides law scholarships for students enrolled in the WVU College of Law who have a financial need.

“The College of Law is most grateful for the loyalty and support from Ambassador Farland,”said Dean John W. Fisher, II.”His illustrious career is one that has made WVU and the College of Law most proud. Many students who are scholarship recipients, now and in the future, will have the honor of being named a Farland Scholar.”

A native of Clarksburg, Farland is a 1938 graduate of the WVU College of Law. His distinguished career began in 1957 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed him United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. In 1960, President Eisenhower designated Farland ambassador to the Republic of Panama, a designation that was reaffirmed by President John F. Kennedy. Upon his return from Panama, Farland became Of Counsel with the law firm of Surrey and Morse, Washington, D.C. He returned to government service as ambassador to Pakistan in 1969 and ambassador to Iran in 1972.

The gift was made to the WVU Foundation in conjunction with Building Greatness Campaign: West Virginia University . The campaign is a $250 million fund-raising effort being conducted by the Foundation on behalf of the University and has received more than $225 million toward its goal. A five-year campaign, it concludes Dec. 31, 2003.

The WVU Foundation is a private non-profit corporation that generates and provides support for WVU .