MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The son of a West
Virginia University alumnus is honoring his father's legacy as cattleman
and educator by making a planned gift to The Emery L. “Bud” Prunty Memorial
Tom Prunty recently named the WVU Foundation and his father's scholarship
the beneficiary of a life insurance policy as a planned gift.
The scholarship supports West Virginia residents enrolled in the Davis College of
Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and majoring in animal
and nutritional sciences.
Prunty hopes his gift will be an incentive for others to also invest in his
father’s passion of promoting agricultural education.
“We would love for a student to have a full scholarship. It would help
generations to come to focus on agriculture,” he said. “Agriculture was a big
part of our life growing up. My family and grandparents both raised cattle.
It’s just something that I was born and raised into.”
Bud Prunty was integral in starting the Wardensville Bull Test and helped
coach livestock judging teams. In 1959, he began his 32-year career with WVU
Extension Service as an agent. He was a man that truly led by example and was
quiet about his accomplishments.
The Prunty family bleeds gold and blue. Bud was a second-generation
Mountaineer; Tom graduated from the Davis College, and his daughter, Mary,
graduated in May 2017 with a degree in English.
Tom Prunty aspires to give back to the university as much as his father did
as an agricultural educator.
“The university is always near and dear to our hearts,” Tom Prunty said. “My
dad would have been smiling from ear to ear because giving back was important
The gift was made through the WVU Foundation, the nonprofit corporation that
solicits and administers private donations on behalf of the University.
CONTACT: Andrew Barnes, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design,
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