Friday, December 16, 2005

Fairmont State was presented with a check for $25,000 from CONSOL Energy, Inc. The gift supports the institution's area of greatest needs and opportunities, The Fairmont State Futures Fund.

"Fairmont State produces some of our best employees," says Thomas F. Hoffman, Vice President-External Affairs.

"We are committed to investiture which supports our community and provides opportunity for our employees and their families. Our field is highly competitive and technologically complex, and Fairmont State responds by providing excellent workforce development programs and high caliber graduates."

CONSOL Energy, Inc., has been a long time supporter of Fairmont State. The company first began donating to the institution in 1962. Supporting the mining and technology programs offered at Fairmont State, the company created the Consolidation Coal Company Scholarship Fund in 2002. The scholarship is available to any technology student attending Fairmont State University or Fairmont State Community & Technical College.

"CONSOL has provided continued investment leadership as a member of innovation and influence: Business and Industry for Fairmont State," says K. Jean Ahwesh, Executive Director of the Fairmont State Foundation, Inc.

"We are fortunate to have such a committed and influential partner in education."

The mission of the Fairmont State Foundation, Inc. is to support, through ethical stewardship, the mission of Fairmont State University and Fairmont State Community & Technical College. The Foundation will identify, establish and cultivate meaningful relationships with Fairmont State alumni and potential and existing funding constituencies to meet contributor needs while securing funds and supporters for priority objectives identified by the Board of Directors.

To create an endowed scholarship or join CONSOL as a partner in innovation and influence: Business and Industry for Fairmont State, contact K. Jean Ahwesh, Executive Director of the Fairmont State Foundation, Inc., at (304) 367-4009 or toll free at (866) 372-2586.