WVU Education, Health and Wellness Resources Expanded with Over $2 Million Donation | Today
Wheeling natives David and Dr. Jo Ann Goldbaugh Shaw are donating more than $2 million to West Virginia University to help improve education, health and wellness resources for students.
Gift of more than $2 million to West Virginia University from dedicated alumni couple expands education, health and wellness resources to help students- athletes, medical students, Mountain State families and more.
Wheeling natives David and Dr. Jo Ann Goldbaugh Shaw have built a legacy of innovation, education and transformation at WVU through charitable giving. Their last contribution benefits WVU Athleticsthe WVU School of Medicinethe David and Jo Ann Shaw Center for Simulation Training and Education for Patient Safety (STAGES), and WVU Children’s Medicine.
“We are fortunate to contribute to WVU by focusing on the health, nutrition and general well-being of all University athletes,” the Shaws said. “We have been overwhelmed by the impact our medical scholarships and simulation support have had on health science students and the state, and we look forward to seeing how WVU will utilize these new programs. to strengthen and support our student-athletes.”
The WVU Athletics portion of the donation establishes the Shaw Student-Athlete Enrichment Fund for Nutrition and Mental Health Services. The fund provides nutrition education and support for student-athletes, as well as counseling and mental health services to help them deal with the unique challenges of collegiate competition.
The fund complements a recent gift of $1.6 million from John and Elaine Chambers and other efforts to ensure that WVU student-athletes are ready to excel once their college athletic careers are over.
“I cannot thank the Shaws enough for recognizing and understanding the importance of student-athlete welfare,” Shane Lyons, athletic director, said. “The nutritional needs of our student-athletes are essential to a healthy and successful college experience, and I cannot stress enough our mental health services. Fortunately, the Shaws’ donation will allow our student-athletes to benefit from these two important services.
The Shaws’ donation also reflects their commitment to health care education as former medical professionals. David graduated from the WVU School of Pharmacy in 1986 and worked as a pharmacist, retiring from Kroger. Jo Ann received her medical degree from WVU in 1986 and specialized in pathology. She worked in private practice before retiring in 2010.
A portion of their donation bolsters the Jo Ann Goldbaugh Shaw, MD Medical Scholarship, which supports four West Virginia medical students each year – including one per year in medical school. For more than a decade, the fellowship has provided support for 11 future physicians specializing in pediatrics, psychiatry, anesthesiology and more.
Their donation also provides ongoing support to the Shaw STEPS Center, which has transformed health science education at WVU through experiential learning. The additional dollars will increase robotics resources and interdisciplinary collaboration to ensure graduates are prepared to meet the latest demands of a healthcare career.
“Thank you to the Shaws for their generous support which enables our medical students to pursue greater opportunities and benefits our entire health sciences community by enhancing cutting-edge training at our STEPS center,” Dr Clay Marshchancellor and executive dean of WVU Health Sciences, said.
The Shaws’ donation also supports two ultrasound rooms at the new WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital. Scheduled for completion this fall, the nine-story, 150-bed facility is under construction next to JW Ruby Memorial Hospital on WVU Medicine Morgantown main campus.
The Shaw donation was made by the WVU Foundationthe non-profit organization that receives and manages private donations on behalf of the University.
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