- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia University fundraising campaign has topped the 80 percent mark in its quest to raise $1 billion.

Called the State of Minds, the private campaign has reached $819 million. The WVU Foundation credits a successful December when more than $20 million in new gifts and pledges were made.

For the quarter, the total committed in pledges and gifts were $27 million.

The contributions include endowed scholarships to relieve students of their debt burden, financial support for new learning facilities and gifts to enhance degree programs.

Last September, the university and the foundation announced that the original campaign goal of $750 million had been exceeded. They extended the campaign through 2017 and a new goal of $1 billion.

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