On Friday, April 12, Fairmont State history was made when Jed and Vicki Smith donated $1M to the Fairmont State Foundation. This historic gift will create the Jed and Vicki Smith Scholars endowment which will award scholarships to full-time students. This is the largest gift received from a living alumnus in university history.
The Muscle Car Mafia has evolved in its 25 years to be a community-minded group committed to supporting worthy causes. Each year, the organization holds fundraising and promotional events and chooses one local charity or cause to support. Over the past five years, they have donated more than $15,000 to local charities.
When asked why they chose to support scholarships this year, the members said the choice was easy.
Earlier this month, the Fairmont State Foundation announced a $1.3 million campaign aimed at closing the gap between two and four-year scholarships over the next 12 months. For students like Fairmont State Senior Samantha Tate, the "Every Gift Matters—the Scholarship Campaign" is a way to allow students to have experiences in and out of the classroom.
The Fairmont State Foundation appropriately chose Giving Tuesday, the unofficial start to the holiday giving season, to announce a new scholarship campaign aimed at closing the gap between two- and four-year student scholarships. The campaign aims to raise $1.3 million over the next 12 months.
Jean Gotolski, a 1947 graduate of Fairmont State College has created a scholarship at her alma mater, in memory of J.T. and Carmer George. Through this endowed scholarship, Gotolski hopes that students can study their passions, regardless of their financial situations.
Born in Havana, Cuba and growing up in Madrid, Spain, Fairmont State University President Dr. Mirta Martin knows firsthand the journey to success. After immigrating to the United States, she completed her undergraduate degrees in political science and psychology from Duke University and earned a master of business administration from the University of Richmond; and a doctorate with an emphasis in strategic management and leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.
As 2018 began, so did a new day for the Fairmont State Foundation and the Fairmont State Alumni Association with the hiring of Ashley Knight, 2015 Fairmont State graduate, in the role of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations Coordinator.
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