The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


September 1, 2013

Ruby Carter endowment begins again through BAF

Ruby Carter started a scholarship endowment at The College of West Virginia in 1998. CWV evolved into Mountain State University and the fund was placed in the MSU Foundation.

When Mountain State University ceased to operate as an academic institution in December 2012, representatives of the MSU Foundation contacted Beth DeHaemers, representing her mother’s estate, and the assets were moved to the Beckley Area Foundation.

Going forward, 85 percent of the annual income of the Ruby A. Carter Memorial Scholarship Fund shall be used for scholarships for college-qualified Raleigh County high school graduates with preference to graduates of Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley. These recipients shall be students pursuing college degrees at the University of Charleston - Beckley, with preference given to those who are majoring in education. Upper classmen as well as entering freshmen are eligible to receive this award.

Selection of the recipients shall be the responsibility of the admissions/financial aid office of the University of Charleston - Beckley. Both merit and need shall be considered. The scholarship may be renewed for three additional years if the recipient maintains a B (3.0) or better average and carries a full academic load.

The remaining 15 percent of the available income shall be distributed to Appalachian Bible College and added to its available scholarship funds to be awarded as its financial aid office determines.

Ruby Webb Anderson Carter died in November 2006. She was born in Dunham, Ky., in 1914, the daughter of Lewis M. and Daisy Wills Webb. They moved to West Virginia when Ruby was an infant. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and received a Standard Normal Certificate from Marshall College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concord. She later earned a master’s degree in education from West Virginia University.

She was awarded a State Education Alliance Award as a “Graduate of Distinction” and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Concord University in 2006.

Carter began her teaching career at Eccles Elementary School where she taught for eight years before transferring to Institute where she retired 33 years later.

As a strong supporter of education opportunities, she was named an honorary alumna of Appalachian Bible College.

In response to the generosity of the Carters, Carter Hall is found on the campus of UC - Beckley, the Ruby Webb and Leslie R. Carter Center at Concord University and the Carter Room at ABC.

An active member of the First Baptist Church in Beckley for over 70 years, Ruby was also a board member of the Beckley Concert Association, Raleigh County Historical Society, Woman’s Club of Beckley and a number of local and state teachers’ organizations.

Ruby Carter was preceded in death by her first husband Basil D. Anderson and her second husband Leslie E. Carter. She is survived by her only child, Beth Anderson DeHaemers and her husband Truman of Centerville, Va.

As is the case of all endowments managed by BAF, anyone may make additional donations in any amount to this fund. Mail gifts for the R. Carter Scholarship Fund to BAF, 129 Main St., Suite 203, Beckley, WV 25801.

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