MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Senior Associate Athletic Director/Executive Director of the Mountaineer Athletic Club Matt Borman announced today the establishment of The Marc Bulger Foundation Athletic Scholarship.
The endowment will provide a yearly scholarship for WVU student-athletes whose parent(s) or sibling(s) are on active duty, serving in the U.S. Military or serving as law enforcement officers.
Founded by Bulger, a former Mountaineer and NFL quarterback, The Marc Bulger Foundation was established in 2007 and strives to find innovative ways to provide funding to a diverse range of programs designed to benefit men and women in uniform, specifically, but not limited to, men and women in armed services, as well as police and fire personnel.
“It is always very special when a former student-athlete makes the decision to give back to West Virginia University,” said Borman. “This is a very unique situation where Marc has the ability to support student-athletes at his alma mater while also continuing the wonderful mission of his personal foundation.”
“This endowment is a way for me to give back to West Virginia University and continue to support the families of the men and women in uniform,” explained Bulger. “My grandfather was a city police officer for 32 years, and that, in addition to several other factors, such as 9/11, impacted my decision to start The Marc Bulger Foundation. Since then, I’ve worked with quadruple amputees, those suffering from PTSD, and several others, and through this work, I’ve gotten close to the families of these warriors. Continuing this work is something very near and dear to my heart, as is West Virginia University.
“It’s always been one of my goals to give back to WVU; the University not only treated me well, but also my whole family, including my sisters (former WVU women’s basketball players, Kate and Meg). It was always a matter of figuring out the best way to give back. It made sense to combine my passion for the military and those that serve with WVU. Hopefully, this is just the start of something that will go beyond five years.”
The Marc Bulger Foundation’s main objective is to provide support, encouragement and comfort to members of the military, police force and fire departments by working with related organizations and creating necessary initiatives for service personnel. The Foundation annually supports various St. Louis, Missouri, charities, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the USO area at Lambert airport.
Most recently, The Marc Bulger Foundation sponsored a table at the 5th Annual Joshua Chamberlain Society (JCS) Gala. The JCS aids severely wounded military service members and the families of those killed in action. Once adopted, the organization helps these individuals for the remainder of their lives.
“I’m hoping that this scholarship opens an opportunity for more people to give to those that serve this country,” said Bulger.
A Mountaineer quarterback from 1996-99, Bulger ranks No. 2 in the WVU record book in career passing yards (8,153), pass attempts (1,023), pass completions (630) and touchdown passes (59). The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native enjoyed an 11-year NFL career and played for the Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams and Baltimore Ravens.
The gift was made in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The $1 billion comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2017.