WV Bar Foundation Renames Scholarship in Honor of Justice Starcher To Benefit WVU Law Students
As a result of an anonymous $500,000 donation to the West Virginia Bar Foundation, a full scholarship for a WVU College of Law student interested in pursuing public interest work has been solidified for many years to come, according to Executive Director Tessa White.
The Foundation, a philanthropic organization for the legal profession in West Virginia, announced in January that it had received the unprecedented donation, which will allow the Foundation to further its mission of advancing the administration of justice and improving the provision of legal services for West Virginia’s citizens.
“This gift is the largest single donation in the WV Bar Foundation’s thirty‐five year history,” White said. “We are always appreciative of the donations made to support the Bar Foundation’s mission and are especially thrilled to receive this level of support.”
Moreover, the Foundation’s annual law school scholarship, which was first funded in the 2009-2010 school year, is being renamed the Justice Larry V. Starcher Public Service Scholarship in honor of Justice Starcher, who served on the law school’s faculty for many years. Board President Lucien Lewin said the name change will “celebrate the incredible life and legacy of the late Justice Larry Starcher, a friend, colleague, and mentor to so many students, attorneys, and jurists over the years.”
Lewin lauded the anonymous donation: “We are tremendously appreciative of this most generous gift, especially during a time when funds needed for legal services are at a historically high level. This gift will not only allow for significant enhancement of our programs and services, it will also allow for additional grants to be made for years to come.”