The Nick Evans Student Academic Enrichment Fund, which provides funding support to undergraduate students within the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University, is now endowed and open. The fund will provide more than $4,000 in grants this year in memory of Dr. Nicholas “Nick” George Evans.

The fund was established by friends and family to celebrate and honor Evans’ retirement in 2007. A lifelong proponent and exemplar of excellent undergraduate advising, with a career spanning 40 years at WVU, Evans’ passing in 2009 left a hole in the hearts of many. His memory—and commitment to students—lives on.

“His whole life was his family, the university and the church,” said JoAnn, Evans’ wife of 42 years.

“He helped a lot of kids get their degrees— I still get calls even today from kids telling me how much of an impact he had on them.”

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Evans earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from WVU. He joined the English faculty in 1967 and also served as the department’s undergraduate student adviser for many years.

He was also director of the University’s Undergraduate Academic Services Center and served as associate dean for undergraduate education in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

“(Evans’) legacy as a dedicated and passionate servant of the college and the university will continue to make a difference through this annual student enrichment award,” said Brittany Swope, assistant director of development for the Eberly College.

To donate to the Nick Evans Student Academic Fund, please visit

Contributions to the fund count toward A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The $1 billion comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2017.

For more information, contact Brittany Swope at (304) 293-4823 or



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