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Marshall University Foundation receives a $25,000 grant from Truist West Virginia Foundation

The Marshall University Foundation announced it received a $25,000 grant from Truist West Virginia Foundation to support need-based scholarships at Marshall University.

“We are appreciative of the long-standing support and generosity of the Truist West Virginia Foundation,” said Dr. Ron Area, chief executive officer of the Marshall Foundation. “Because of Truist, Marshall students will be able to better navigate their college careers without serious financial stress.”

The grant will support scholarship recipients who are full- or part-time students, residents of West Virginia and have need, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Assistance. Scholarship aid has increased by 44 percent over the last several years due to the Marshall Rises comprehensive campaign with 500 more students receiving aid annually.

“We are pleased to support Marshall University Foundation’s admirable commitment to helping students attend Marshall University” said Jacqueline Keene, executive director for the Truist West Virginia Foundation. “The grant from the Truist West Virginia Foundation will help make a difference in the lives of many, which aligns with Truist’s purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities.”

The Marshall Foundation maximizes continuous financial support for Marshall University and its students by soliciting, receiving, investing and administering private gift support. The Marshall Foundation is committed to providing professional service to Marshall University, its students and donors.

Truist and Truist West Virginia Foundation’s relationship with Marshall pre-dates the merger of One Valley Bank and BB&T in 2001. Truist provided a 10-year commitment toward the establishment of what is now called the Truist Center for Leadership at the Lewis College of Business and Brad D. Smith Schools of Business. Truist was a sponsor of the 2022 and 2023 Business Leadership Symposiums at the Truist Center for Leadership at the College of Business.

The Truist West Virginia Foundation is committed to Truist Financial Corporation’s (NYSE: TFC) purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities. Since 2000, the foundation and its predecessors have been making strategic investments in nonprofit organizations to help ensure the communities it serves have more opportunities for a better quality of life. The Truist West Virginia Foundation’s grants and activities focus on economic development, education, arts, health care, social services and financial literacy. Learn more by contacting Jacqueline Keene at