West Virginia University’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences is the fortunate recipient of ongoing support from Stephen and Valerie Stanczak, of Rancho Mirage, Calif. The Stanczaks have pledged $20,000 to support an existing scholarship in their family name.

This gift is an addition to the existing Stanczak/Lamb Family Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2005 to provide scholarship assistance to students from Lewis County with financial need and demonstrated academic achievement. If there are no eligible Lewis County students, the award supports an out-of-state student with at least one parent who is a graduate of WVU.

The Stanczaks created the fund to honor the memory of Stephen’s maternal grandparents, Aubrey and Ina Lamb, who inspired him to attend WVU and instilled in him a love for West Virginia that would last a lifetime. The Stanczaks’ support is given to recognize the importance of higher education in West Virginia and give back to their university and state.

“It may not be much, but every little bit helps. [We] are glad to do our small part, especially for a wonderful school like West Virginia University,” Stanczak said of the gift.

“Although I spent my entire adult life living outside of West Virginia, my time at WVU established the direction of my life. Both my wife, a native West Virginian, and I want others to have the opportunity to experience WVU and all it has to offer.”

Stanczak is a 1979 graduate of WVU, with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law.

This contribution was made in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The $750 million comprehensive campaign, which is being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University, runs through December 2015.

For further information on the comprehensive campaign, please visit http://www.astateofminds.com or http://www.eberly.wvu.edu

For more information, contact Amanda Dymacek, at 304-293-9251 or Amanda.Dymacek@mail.wvu.edu



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