L&S Toyota owner donates $50,000 endowment for WVU Tech scholarships

Submitted photoL&S Toyota owner Shawn Ball announces his donation of a $50,000 endowment for WVU Tech to fund scholarships in nursing and engineering. Listening nearby is WVU Tech President Carolyn Long.

L&S Toyota owner Shawn Ball is excited to see WVU Tech moving to Beckley in 2017. For him, Saturday’s open house, hosted by Tech and West Virginia University which comes to town next year, was just the place to get things started.

L&S announced the donation a $50,000 endowment to Tech, $25,000 to be used toward a nursing scholarship, the other $25,000 for an engineering scholarship.

Ball said, “As soon as I heard about the move to Beckley, I knew it was a great idea. I have been behind this since Day 1 and I really wanted to get involved.

“We are very thrilled to play a part in helping to get things started and we hope that it will offer inspiration to our community,” Ball said.

WVU Tech President Carolyn Long expressed her thanks on behalf of the university.

In a press release, Ball noted that Tech coming to Beckley is a very exciting event that will see a much-needed rejuvenation of the downtown area. It is also a great opportunity for local students to obtain a quality education.

Also at Saturday’s event was WVU President Gordon Gee, who said, Doesn’t Beckley just look like the perfect place for a college town.”

Former U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall used the occasion to donate his congressional papers to WVU. They will be housed in Beckley.

More than 100 Tech alumni signed up for a tour of the new campus.

— Dawn A. Dayton

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