The College of Law at West Virginia University announced Tuesday that it has received $7.5 million from the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust, according to a news release from WVU.
Officials said the gift, which is the largest capital gift in the law school's history, will help fund a $25 million renovation and building project that broke ground in fall 2012.
"Mrs. McQuain's gifts to the University and to the Morgantown area have changed the face of our community, and our University in immeasurable ways," said WVU President Jim Clements. "Her spirit of generosity and her compassion for others lives on and inspires the projects of the Charitable Trust - projects that truly change lives. We are deeply appreciative to the leaders of the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust for making this historic investment in our College of Law."
The renovation and building project includes an additional 20,000 square feet of space that will be used for classrooms, the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development and for law clinics, according to the news release.
Officials said this gift is part of a $750 million fundraising effort, titled "A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia's University," that the WVU Foundation is conducting on behalf of WVU.
The combined value of Hazel Ruby McQuain's giving and the McQuain Charitable Trust's grants to the university, along with qualified matching state Research Trust Fund dollars, totals nearly $45 million, WVU's second largest benefactor to date, according to the news release.