Lifelong connection drives Morgantown couple to support scholarships at WVU

Monday, May 13, 2024

The planned more than $2 million estate gift from John and Irene Muffly of Morgantown supports their existing football scholarship and establishes a new scholarship to aid West Virginia students at the WVU John Chambers College of Business and Economics.  (Submitted Photo)

A lifelong connection to West Virginia University inspired alumnus John Muffly and his wife, Irene, to boost scholarship support via an estate gift worth more than $2 million.

The planned gift made in the Morgantown couple’s wills supports their existing John and Irene Muffly Football Scholarship and establishes a new scholarship to aid West Virginia students at the WVU John Chambers College of Business and Economics.  

As he reflected on the impact of WVU on his life, Muffly and his wife decided to give back for the great experiences he had at the University.

“This has always been home and I’m extremely close to the University. I always have been,” John Muffly said. “It’s just a thing about being from Morgantown that the University becomes a part of your life because you grow up with it. You’re seeing it all the time and you’re supporting the athletics, going to events and getting to know people. It is just a great experience all in all.” 

During his time at WVU, Muffly was in the fraternity Beta Theta Pi and a Mountaineer Marching Band member. It was where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1969. The University played a vital part of his journey.

“The John Chambers College of Business and Economics has grown substantially since I was in school,” he said. “Everything we had at B&E back in the ’60s was in one building, Armstrong Hall. Now the College is one of the biggest at the University. Supporting its efforts will hopefully also help us grow as a state.”