West Virginia University (WVU) recently received a $4.6 million gift from the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust. The West Virginia Research Trust Fund, popularly known as Bucks for Brains, provided matching funds. The resulting $9.2 million endowment will create the WVU Ruby Scholars Graduate Fellowship Program to attract and assist graduate students from across the country who have shown exceptional promise in scholarship, research, leadership and service. The endowment will create graduate fellowships and advance research in disciplines such as energy and environmental sciences; nanotechnology and material science; and biological, biotechnical and biomedical sciences. The combined gift and matching funds make up the largest gift in WVU history to benefit graduate research fellowships. The gift was made through the WVU Foundation, the private nonprofit corporation that generates and provides support for West Virginia University.
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