WVU College of Applied Human Sciences, Chambers College Full Scholarships Aim to Keep Students in West Virginia | Today

The Hayhurst family honors brothers (left to right) Robert, Ronald and Robin with full scholarships to John Chambers College of Business and Economics and the new College of Applied Human Sciences.
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The Hayhurst family renews their commitment to keeping West Virginia students in the Mountain State with three donations to support full scholarships to John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University and the new College of Applied Human Sciences.

The family’s latest contributions — totaling $873,000 — are supporting a new scholarship and two existing scholarships created to honor brothers Robert, Robin and Ronald Hayhurst and their shared passion for WVU.

Two scholarships benefit students majoring in sports management, a program moving to the College of Applied Human Sciences in July. Jack WatsonDean of the College of Human Kinetics and Sport Sciences, noted that the Hayhurst scholarships will be among the first to cover full tuition at the new School of Sport Science within the College of Applied Human Sciences.

“These are family gifts from people who care deeply about making an impact in their community,” Watson said. “It’s a family mission. That’s the interesting part of it. They’ve developed those family roots and they really care about West Virginia. They want to educate West Virginians, so they can stay here to live and work.

The Robert Hayhurst Semper Fi Scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate students in the state who are military veterans. United States Marine Corps veteran students majoring in sports management will be considered first, followed by military veterans from other branches, then students pursuing other majors within the College of Applied Human Sciences.

The Robin L. Hayhurst Sports Management Scholarship is awarded to in-state undergraduates enrolled in the sports management program, with preference given to graduates of Buckhannon-Upshur and Hundred High Schools. Recipients must be involved and demonstrate a commitment to community youth sports organizations.

The Ronald Hayhurst Endowed Business Scholarship is awarded to in-state undergraduates enrolled in any Chambers College program, with first preference for Buckhannon-Upshur and Hundred High School graduates and second preference for Wetzel County students.

“The continued generosity of the Hayhurst family will inspire business students who were raised in West Virginia to stay in West Virginia,” said Josh Hall, Milan Puskar Dean of Chambers College. “Our state’s emerging talent will have a creative lab at Reynolds Hall where they can learn real-world business skills, and gifts like this will encourage them to use those skills to propel our existing businesses into the future or gain the confidence to take a risk.and start their own.It is our mission of innovation at work.

All three Hayhurst brothers graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School and earned bachelor’s degrees from WVU. Ronald and Robin worked with their late parents, Morris and Beulah Hayhurst, to build successful businesses in the oil and gas industry, while Robert served in the United States Marine Corps and worked for the federal government in Washington, DC Robert and Robin died in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Robert’s daughter, Christine Davis, marks the third generation to run the family business. She said the family is looking to make an even bigger impact in the Mountain State by increasing new and existing scholarship funds to cover full tuition.

My dad didn’t want to join the family business, so he was forced to leave West Virginia to find a decent job,” Davis said. “It was my grandmother’s biggest regret, and it’s why our family is dedicated to creating opportunity for West Virginians through education. We want to make sure no one has to leave the state to pursue his dreams.

Ronald Hayhurst spearheaded the family’s philanthropic efforts and inspired other parents to continue this tradition. Their generosity has benefited from installations and scholarships in many WVU units, including Extension and Athletics.

The Hayhurst family gifts were made by the WVU Foundationthe non-profit organization that receives and manages private donations on behalf of the University.



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