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WVU alumnus pays it forward with gift to animal and nutritional sciences

Enhanced educational opportunities for students studying animal and nutritional sciences may soon become easier to access thanks to the generosity of a West Virginia University alumnus.  

Roger Amos and his wife Mary Jane

Roger Amos and his wife, Mary Jane, gifted the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design $55,000 to establish the Glenn and June Amos Memorial Fund for Animal and Nutritional Sciences  Enhanced Learning. The permanently endowed fund will provide support for undergraduate research, internships and study abroad programs. The gift was made in memory of Roger’s parents. 

Roger is retired from a 32-year career with Ohio State University Extension Service and a 10-year career in real estate. Roger graduated from the Davis College with a bachelor's in animal science in 1970 and a master's in animal science in 1972. Mary Jane is retired business education teacher.   

“I benefited greatly from my education at the Davis College,” Roger said. “And I had good parents who were ordinary, hardworking people who believed in the value of hard work and helping others. And they believed that education provided an opportunity for a better life. The gift we gave is an opportunity to share the same values with WVU students.” 

The Amoses did more than give; they did their homework. Roger asked his former professors, now leaders in the division, what the greatest need was. Learning that students needed help to get more experience outside the classroom, he said he was glad to participate in sponsoring something so important like undergraduate research, internships and study abroad programs.  

“It’s a big world out there and students need to be able to function in it and understand all the things happening out there,” Roger said. “This is an opportunity for students to expand their classroom studies, get hands-on learning and experience in those areas.” 

In addition to remembering his parents, this gift is to thank faculty members who played an important role in his education. Roger’s undergraduate advisor, the late Dr. Harold Kidder, provided support and guidance during his time at WVU while his undergraduate advisor. His graduate advisor, the late Dr. Donald Horvath, provided Roger the opportunity to attend graduate school.  

“Unfortunately, I am unable to thank them now,” Roger said. “What I want to do is pay it forward and help WVU students as they pursue their professional careers.” 





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