George M. ’54 And Dori V. Edwards Memorial Scholarship Fund Established For Concord University Students

For Immediate Release: 
Jul 10 2015

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         





ATHENS, W.Va. – The Concord University Foundation, Inc. has received a gift from the estate of George M. and Dori V. Edwards.

The estate gift is being used to establish the George M. ’54 and Dori V. Edwards Memorial Scholarship Fund for Concord University students.

In awarding the scholarship, first preference will be given to graduates of Fayetteville High School then students out of Fayette County. The first scholarship will be awarded to an incoming student for the Fall 2016 Semester.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the Edwards.  Their contribution to the Concord University Foundation will benefit Fayette County students pursuing their education for many, many years.  The Edwards are leaving their mark on our institution and we couldn’t be more appreciative,” said Alicia Besenyei, Vice President for Advancement.

George Matthew “Matt” Edwards was born in Kingston, W.Va. on Oct. 2, 1932. He graduated from Concord in 1954; attended Wayne State University and Stetson University; and, earned a master’s degree from West Virginia University.

Mr. Edwards was a United States Army veteran and a member of the American Legion. He and his wife, Dori Vaglio Edwards, lived in Fayetteville, W.Va. They were members of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill, W.Va.

A retired principal and teacher, Mr. Edwards served schools in Fayette County including Nuttall High School and Fayetteville High School. He was Superintendent of Fayette County Schools for 14 years. Along with his career as an educator, Mr. Edwards was a partner in Vosler-Edwards Insurance Company.

Mrs. Edwards was born on Nov. 3, 1926 in Piedicavallo, Italy. A graduate of Fayetteville High School, she attended West Virginia University and Beckley College and earned an ABA degree. Mrs. Edwards was a retired banker having worked at Fayetteville Federal Savings and Loan (now United Bank) for 43 years.

The Edwards were married for 54 years until Mr. Edwards’ death on Aug. 5, 2014. Mrs. Edwards passed away on Jan. 12, 2015.

“Matt and Dori were married over 50 years and were well-matched.  He was outspoken and funny.  She was quiet and detailed.  Both had a great sense of humor, loved their community and believed strongly in education.” said Steve Pilato, Executor of the Edwards Estate and friend of the couple.


Two Photos Attached Below

Shown from left are Erwin Conrad, Attorney, Conrad & Conrad Attorneys at Law, Fayetteville; Steve Pilato, Executor of the Edwards Estate; Roger Winters, Senior Vice President and Wealth Advisor with BB&T; and Jenny Ware, Senior Vice President, Personal Trust Specialist, BB&T and Treasurer, Concord University Foundation.


Shown from left are Steve Pilato, Executor of the Edwards Estate and Alicia Besenyei, Vice President for Advancement, Concord University.



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