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West Virginia State University Announces $300,000 Donation
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Videographer: Jeremy Bias
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jan. 24, 2013 3:14 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 25, 2013 12:42 PM EST
Institute , Kanawha County , West Virginia
American Electric Power Foundation made a $300,000 donation Thursday to West Virginia State University.
The money was donated by AEP officials at the end of the university's Board of Governor's meeting. The donation by the foundation will help establish a new program meant to increase interest among young people in energy, science and math, according to a news release from the university.
"We are extremely appreciative of this generous gift from the AEP Foundation," WVSU President Brian Hemphill said. "West Virginia State University has a long history of serving as an economic engine in the Kanawha Valley. This substantial donation from the AEP Foundation will assist the university in continuing to respond to the educational and workforce development needs of the 21st century in West Virginia."
The donation will establish the WVSU AEP Foundation Full STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Agriculture and Mathematics) Ahead Program.
School officials said the key objectives of the program include increasing awareness and desire to participate in the STEAM fields through outreach to K-12 youth in West Virginia, and establishing early college research participation opportunities for undergraduate students through creation of new internships for freshmen and sophomores.
West Virginia State University scheduled a news conference Thursday afternoon to announce a $300,000 donor.
The school had an announcement news conference scheduled at 4:15 p.m. on the Institute campus, according to a news advisory from the university.
President Brian Hemphill will receive a major monetary donation to the university at the conclusion of the Board of Governor’s meeting.
School officials said the donation will make it possible for WVSU to expand a program designed to increase interest in science, technology, education, agriculture and mathematics programs.
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