DonationsThrough the generosity of donors, the West Virginia University English department is able to support students and faculty as they pursue scholarly and creative projects, improve their teaching, foster effective communication, and collaborate with the community.The following list highlights some of the most recent gifts as a way of recognizing and thanking our donors.
The Carter Bishop Memorial Scholarship Fund.The Carter Bishop Memorial Scholarship Fund, endowed in 2005, was just sustained through an anonymous estate gift worth over $650,000.
The Hayden W. Ward, Jr. Department of English Discretionary Endowment.A $500,000 estate gift from longtime West Virginia University English faculty member Dr. Hayden Ward creates The Hayden W. Ward, Jr. Department of English Discretionary Endowment to support undergraduate student learning opportunities and other needs in the department. Professor Ward worked at WVU for 35 years. From 1990 until his retirement, he was editor of the journal Victorian Poetry. Professor Ward also taught a wide range of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. James Harms, chair and professor of English and Creative Writing, said of Professor Ward, “He was a treasured colleague, and we were fortunate to have him as a friend. We are truly humbled by and grateful for this tremendous bequest.” Professor Ward passed away at age 74 in 2013.