Blankenship pledges $300k to Marshall
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A widely known graduate of Marshall University is committing $300,000 in scholarships to the school’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.
Donald L. “Don” Blankenship is a 1972 graduate of Marshall and the retired chief executive of Massey Energy Co. Massey was bought last year by another Virginia coal producer, Alpha Natural Resources.
According to Marshall, Blankenship made the three-year pledge in honor of his mother, Nancy Marie McCoy, who died in 1995.
Blankenship said in a statement he is “fortunate” to be able to contribute to what he called the growing and increasing need for high quality physicians in southern West Virginia.
Ten second-year medical students who meet the financial and academic requirements of the scholarship each will receive $10,000 to help with the cost of tuition.