Lisa Cwik Mattiace, an assistant dean in the University of Denvers Daniels College of Business, has donated a gift to the West Virginia University Foundation, Inc. in order to establish an endowed scholarship fund to be named the Olive M. and Victor A. Kist Scholarship Endowment. The gift will provide undergraduate scholarships for incoming freshmen who are graduates of any high school in Cambria County, Pa.

Candidates for this scholarship aid must possess high school grade point averages and/or test scores that indicate potential for academic success at WVU . Recipients must also be involved in extracurricular activities that are community oriented. All majors within the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences are eligible for support from this fund.

In creating this permanent scholarship fund, Mattiace is honoring her maternal grandparents of Johnstown, Pa., who helped make possible the donors education at WVU . Mattiace earned a bachelors degree from WVU in 1979 and a masters in 1984. She served for several years as special assistant to the Dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

The Olive M. and Victor A. Kist Scholarship Endowment is included in the West Virginia University Foundations Building Greatness Campaign, which has raised more than $270 million for WVU and concludes in December 2003. The WVU Foundation, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization which develops, receives and administers private gifts from individuals and organizations for the benefit of WVU .