The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 9, 2014

Wiseman fund moved to BAF

Mr. and Mrs. James Wiseman made the decision to establish an endowed scholarship fund in 1998. Income generated by the fund was to benefit students attending Mountain State University.

Following the closure of MSU, the Wisemans have directed the fund to be moved to the Beckley Area Foundation to support scholarship awards for students attending the University of Charleston-Beckley.

The annual income from the fund shall be used for one or more scholarship awards available to high school graduates residing in Raleigh County who will be attending the University of Charleston-Beckley. Preference shall be given to students pursuing a nursing or physician assistant degree; should these degrees not be offered, preference shall be given to a student pursuing a degree in some allied health field.

The scholarship will be renewable if the recipient maintains a 3.0 average and carries a full academic load. Preference will be given to students who meet these criteria and who are eligible for little or no federal or state education grants, but who demonstrate financial need as determined by the UC-Beckley Office of Financial Aid.

Throughout her career, Mona K. Wiseman worked in several different health care settings, ranging from hospital laboratories to work as a physician assistant. She participated in numerous research projects, co-authored many articles and received invitations to present her findings on the international level.

Mona rounded out her career by starting a home medical equipment business which she operated for 20 years before retiring. Mona and her husband, Chuck, helped establish a respiratory care program at the former Mountain State University.

Mona was elected to the MSU Board of Trustees in 1989 and was elected chair in 1995. She was chair of the board during a period of tremendous growth.

Upon the occasion of the dedication of Wiseman Hall on the MSU campus, fellow board member Max Beard commented, “This naming honor can in no way express the total debt of gratitude that is owed Mona by this institution. She has tirelessly involved herself and her resources in the university and its place within the Beckley community. Hopefully, this acknowledgment will impart to future generations the profound regard in which Mona was held.”

In October 2013, the University of Charleston-Beckley and the Beckley Area Alumni Council recognized five individuals for their commitment to the advancement of higher education and their leadership in the community. Mona Wiseman was awarded the “Distinguished Friend Award” and inducted into the UC-Beckley Hall of Achievement.

Jerry Forster, UC-Beckley president, noted that Mona and the other inductees “have given invaluable support to the university and the Greater Beckley area over their diverse careers … they are excellent examples of living the UC mission.”

Anyone may make additional donations in any amount to this scholarship endowment. Make checks payable to BAF-Wiseman Family Scholarship Fund and mail to Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main St., Suite 203, Beckley, WV 25801.

Contact BAF 304-253-3806 or for information about starting a new named scholarship fund.

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