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Foundation announces new planned gift in support of legal studies

ISSUED: 27 September 2022

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — A member of Shepherd University’s Class of 1991, Melinda Merk, is giving back to future generations of students through the Melinda Merk Law Scholarship. This endowed fund will support female students majoring in political science to further their pursuit of legal studies. The scholarship award will be funded with a deferred gift through a trust.

Headshot of Melinda Merk with her arms crossed, smiling, looking at the camera.During her time as a Shepherd student, Merk majored in political science and received the Dr. Ruth Scarborough Scholarship, which was established to honor Dr. Ruth Scarborough, who taught and advised many students as a history professor at Shepherd from 1936-1966. In addition to her studies, Merk was active in the campus community, serving as vice president of the Student Government Association, president of the Shepherd College Republicans, and vice president of Kappa Tau Epsilon sorority.

“Being that Shepherd is a smaller school, I think it really offers opportunity for students who want to be leaders of various campus organizations,” Merk said. “I think that sort of environment really allowed me to excel and succeed with the goal of wanting to go on to law school.”

After completing her undergraduate degree at Shepherd, Merk earned her J.D. at Duquesne University School of Law and her LL.M. in taxation at Georgetown University Law Center.

Merk has highlighted her almost 27-year career as a tax, and estates and trusts attorney by becoming involved with various professional and volunteer organizations within her community. She has served on several boards and is currently a member of the board of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.

Merk’s commitment to giving back to her community perseveres. She hopes the Melinda Merk Law Scholarship will make a difference in the lives of Shepherd students.

“I like the idea of leaving a legacy and endowment to support Shepherd students interested in studying the law, which will hopefully have a lasting impact and help them the way the Dr. Ruth Scarborough Scholarship helped me,” Merk said.

To learn more about creating a named fund through the Shepherd University Foundation, contact the Shepherd University Foundation, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443-5000, 304-876-5397, or visit the Shepherd University Foundation website.

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