The West Virginia University Foundation is recognizing those alumni and friends of WVU who have created endowed scholarships, fellowships and student awards in calendar year 2015.

Sixty-nine donors are being honored by having bricks engraved with their name placed in the Ernest L. Hogan Scholars Walk that is the pathway in front of the downtown campus library.

“Providing opportunities for students through scholarships, fellowships or other financial awards is a top fundraising priority for both the University and the Foundation as the need will only continue to grow,” said B.J. Davisson, WVU Foundation senior vice president for development and chief development officer. “We thank these donors for making an investment in the leaders of tomorrow.”

A well respected member of the life insurance industry, the late Ernest L. Hogan began his career in Beckley with the Peoples Life Insurance Co. After 43 years of climbing the corporate ladder, Hogan retired as president, chairman and CEO of Peoples Life.

At WVU, Hogan is known for creating the Ernest L. and Mildred S. Hogan Scholarship for high school graduates in West Virginia, as well as the establishment of an endowed chair of insurance and risk management at the College of Business and Economics.

Hogan was recognized in 2002 when the pathway in front of the downtown library was named the Ernest L. Hogan Scholars Walk to acknowledge students, faculty and donors for their commitment to the University.

Established in 1954, the WVU Foundation is a private non-profit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of West Virginia University. Its current comprehensive campaign to raise $1 billion, “A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University,” runs through December 2017. Visit for more information.



CONTACT: Bill Nevin, WVU Foundation

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