- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The University of Charleston has announced that the Maier Foundation is giving $1.3 million to support programs associated with the school’s new Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center.

The Charleston Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1ddj204) the university made the announcement Monday. The school’s president Ed Welch says $1 million of the donation from the Charleston-based foundation will go toward funding a full-tuition innovation-based scholarship for at least one new student each year.

Welch says the scholarships will be awarded based on merit and that the university plans to award the first scholarship in fall 2016.

Welch says the remaining $300,000 will be used to fund the center’s director and faculty.

The estimated $16.5 million Innovation Center, which will be a sports and academic complex, is expected to open around August 2016.

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