Dale Martin Fellowship
West Virginia University students are encouraged to apply to the Dale Martin Memorial Fellowship in Entrepreneurship and Innovation! This exciting new fellowship is available to students across all WVU campuses from all majors and will provide students with $750.00 per semester.
Recipients will be required to be involved in entrepreneurship and innovation programs in the WVU LaunchLab Network and other related programs and projects administered under the auspices of the WVU IDEA Hub. Time commitment of 75 hours per semester will be a required.
Recipients will be determined by the appropriate officials in entrepreneurial and innovation programming. Please follow the link at the top right of the screen to apply today! Be ready to provide a resume, a professor’s letter of recommendation and to answer the following questions:
- Why should you be considered for this fellowship?
- What does innovation and entrepreneurship mean to you?
- What sets you apart from other applicants?
- Enrolled/active student at WVU or any of its regional campuses that is part of the LaunchLab Network
- Be in good academic standing as defined by WVU
- Fill out application and submit by deadline
Students must demonstrate applicable skills, experiences, work ethic, curiosity, organization and adaptability to enable them to work with faculty, staff, and a wide variety of entrepreneurship and innovation programming.
Fall semester: August 16, 2019
Spring semester: January 17, 2020
To apply for both fall and spring semesters: August 16, 2019
The entrepreneurial mindset of Dale Martin:
Dale Martin was an entrepreneur in everything that he did throughout his lifetime. Whether working for himself, with partners, for start-up companies, or established companies, his approach was always to maximize the upside potential of every opportunity.
He moved to West Virginia with his family at the age of 17. After graduating from Dupont High School in Charleston, he enrolled at West Virginia University (WVU) and received an Undergraduate Degree in Marketing in 1974. Within a short time, he was back at WVU for a Master’s in Business Administration, which he achieved in 1976. While working at a part-time job, he met Milan (Mike) Puskar, the co-founder of Mylan Pharmaceuticals, who offered Dale a position at the company. Over the next four years, he had many varied responsibilities at Mylan, but he decided to leave so that he and a partner could start a company selling farm equipment in Dayton, Ohio.
Dale worked hard to get his new company established by day, and he spent his nights renovating a 4-unit apartment building he had purchased. Unfortunately, the farm economy took a downturn, so Dale returned to Morgantown in 1984. Almost immediately, he was rehired by Mylan, where his responsibilities expanded as the company grew. By 1989, he was ready to get back into real estate, so he and a friend in construction formed a partnership with two other investors to build a 6-unit apartment building. Within a year, that property was sold, in order to develop a larger one near the stadium in Morgantown. Over the next 11 years, the partnerships portfolio grew to 132 units, primarily due to Dale’s entrepreneurial acuity.
In 2003, an opportunity presented itself, when he was asked to join a start-up generic company, Abrika Pharmaceuticals. As was the case with his earlier roles at Mylan, he had many diverse responsibilities while working with the company’s founder. Based upon a number of product development successes, Abrika was sold to a global generic company, in a transaction that Dale was instrumental in negotiating.
A few years later, Dale left to join the founder of another newly-formed global pharmaceutical company, called Alvogen. As was the case with Mylan and Abrika, Dale became intimately involved in helping to build that company’s presence, infrastructure, and operation in the United States.
Dale Martin passed away suddenly in 2015. In addition to his entrepreneurial successes, he will be remembered as a loving husband and father and a good friend to so many people who were touched by his incredible personality. It is the hope of his family and friends that his spirit will live on through the students who will benefit from the Dale Martin Memorial Fellowship in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.