Senior David Laub has a passion for helping others. He has volunteered with Global Medical and Dental Brigades in Nicaragua, Honduras and Ghana. Here at home he created Starts with Soap, a non-profit to promote healthy habits in at-risk youth. Having a Foundation Scholarship has opened many doors for him and he’s committed to paying it forward to other first-generation students like himself. With support from donors like you, David founded and developed Mountaineer Mentors, a group of top scholarship students at WVU who work one-on-one with students at high schools across West Virginia to help them seek a college education. David is just one of the many Honors students who find purpose through their experiences in the Honors College.
Why we need your support
In August, we welcomed yet another record class of incoming Honors College freshmen, with more than 1,000 students (approximately 20% of the WVU freshman class). Our students benefit from small classes and activities in the Honors living-learning community. Your gifts will be used to help these high-achieving students realize their potential while making a difference in our community, our state, and even the world. Within the Honors College, there are three offices that also support student achievement.
The Undergraduate Research Office offers unparalleled opportunities to all students to pursue knowledge under the mentorship of renowned faculty.
The ASPIRE Office provides support for students who want to apply for graduate school and/or nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships such as Rhodes, Fulbright, Goldwater and Truman.
The Pre-Health Professional Development Office allows for rigorous preparation for students who plan to apply to medical, dental or other professional schools.
How you can help
We encourage you to support the Mountaineer spirit by giving to one of the listed priority funds. With the ever-increasing need for scholarship assistance to help reduce student loan debt, a gift to any scholarship fund in the Honors College is greatly appreciated.
The University Honors Program Fund:
• Provides opportunities for academic exploration and experiential learning activities, including further development through living and learning communities.
• Gives assistance to students to allow them broader access to recruitment, networking and professional preparation opportunities on and off campus.
• Helps students take advantage of shadowing, research and internship opportunities that enhance their applications to health professional schools.
• Supports tools for research, travel expenses and conference fees to support undergraduate presentations, costs associated with research publication and activities of the office to promote undergraduate presentation opportunities.
The William and Karen Collins Experiential Learning Endowment Scholarship:
Endowed by the former director of the WVU Honors Program. It provides funds to support students in experiential learning opportunities in the upper division of the WVU Honors College to include:
- Study abroad assistance
- Research opportunities, including funding for research supplies and travel to conferences