MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Students of West Virginia University ’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences majoring in sociology, anthropology, or criminology will benefit from a $25,000 gift from Ronald Althouse, professor emeritus of sociology.
The newly created Ron Althouse Honorary Scholarship will support students of junior status enrolled in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. At the end of the scholarship recipients’ senior year, they will share the award’s positive impact on their education during an annual senior breakfast.
Thanks to support from his family and colleagues, the scholarship got a jumpstart in Althouse’s honor and was awarded for the first time in conjunction with his May 4 retirement celebration.
The first recipients of the Ron Althouse Honorary Scholarship were anthropology major Alexandra Agosta, of Downingtown, Pa., and criminology major Katherine Lind, of Royersford, Pa. It was a special moment for Althouse and the students.
“If you could’ve seen the smile on Alexandra’s face, she was glowing. I am very gratified to be able to contribute in this way,” Althouse said.
With his retirement, Althouse leaves a legacy of 46 years of service and academic achievements in the department. Much of his time was spent teaching, during which Althouse became aware of the great potential in his students, and how a monetary donation could entice them to take their academic pursuits beyond the classroom.
Through his donation, Althouse said he aims is to reduce some of the financial burden from students, to allow them the freedom to look within their field of interest and devote time to a problem that captures their imagination.
“By sophomore year, students have decided on the major they want to pursue,” Althouse said.
“I hope to provide support to seniors during the time they can truly become more deeply engaged in an issue or problem of their own choosing.”
The contribution was made in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The $750 million comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2015.
For more information, contact Amanda Dymacek, at 304-293-9251 or Amanda.Dymacek@mail.wvu.edu
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