HUNTINGTON, W.V. (LOOTPRESS) – A Marshall University Alumnus Julian Bell and his wife, Robin, have established a scholarship to help full-time undergraduate or graduate students in good academic standing who demonstrate financial need, per Marshall University’s Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Bell, a Fayette County native who now lives in Ohio, received his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and economics at Marshall University in 1976. Since then, he has cultivated a successful career in health care finance and administration, an accomplishment for which he credits Marshall.
Bell did not receive any scholarships as a Marshall student but recalls tuition being significantly less 40 years ago than it is today.
Thankful for the chance to pursue a higher level of learning and seeing the professional benefits of a college degree, Bell and his wife work to assist West Virginia students in obtaining the same academic opportunities that Bell was afforded- opportunities that Bell says, “are critical for new students to be able to obtain their full potential in life, and to go forward to strengthen the state of West Virginia, other parts of the country.”
“We are inspired to give to Marshall University because of the impressive growth in academic programs, including the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, over the many years since I attended Marshall,” Bell said.
“More importantly, however, is the realization that my successful career journey began with earning my bachelor’s degree from Marshall. My experiences prepared me to begin and to excel in the public accounting profession, which I ultimately transitioned into a lengthy career in health care finance, which continues today.”
First preference for the scholarship will be given to a resident of Fayette County, who is majoring in a degree within the Lewis College of Business. Second preference will go to a resident of Fayette County, majoring in any other college. Third preference is to a resident of any other county in the state who is majoring in the College of Business.
For information regarding the Julian and Robin Bell Scholarship, please contact Marshall’s Office of Student Financial Assistance at 304-696-3162.