Wendell Memorial Scholarship honors victim of 1977 car accident

Updated 4 years ago Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University
Richard Wendell is being remembered with a scholarship in his name at Marshall University.
Richard Wendell is being remembered with a scholarship in his name at Marshall University.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Foundation Inc. has established an endowed fund known as the Richard Gray Wendell Memorial Scholarship. The fund was established by Richard Gray Wendell's brother, Charles H. Wendell. Richard Wendell tragically was killed in a 1977 car accident.

Richard Wendell graduated from Marshall University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and a major in accounting.

The recipient of this renewable award will be a full-time student majoring in accounting in the College of Business who is in good academic standing.

"He was a business major at Marshall just like I was, so I wanted (the scholarship) to be for a business student," Charles Wendell said. "He was killed shortly after graduating from Marshall, so I just wanted to establish a scholarship in his memory."

Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the MU Foundation, said, "We are extremely pleased that Charles Wendell, a new member of the Marshall University Foundation Board of Directors, has agreed to establish a six-figure endowed scholarship in memory of his brother. Scholarships like this live on forever and the income will benefit many university students with their higher education expenses both now and in the future."

Charles Wendell, who lives part of the year in Fayetteville, W.Va., and part of the year in Charleston, S.C., said he worked closely with Lance West, vice president in the Office of Development at Marshall, in establishing the scholarship.

"We are very blessed to have Charlie and his family establish this new scholarship and we look forward to awarding it to a deserving Marshall student," West said.

Comments powered by Disqus