Pat DeHart, said, “Jennifer graduated from Oak Hill High School and taught at Alleghany College. Starting this scholarship fund will help students from the Oak Hill area continue their education. We hope this scholarship honors her memory by sharing her spirit of dedication and compassion. We also hope the community will continue to support bright young students as they attempt to realize their own important contributions to society.”
Jennifer was school co-Valedictorian and achieved magna cum laude during undergraduate studies at Emory & Henry. She continued her education at Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina, gaining a master’s and PH. D in Geography. Jennifer held teaching positions at both of her former colleges until she began her 5-year battle with cancer, which prematurely ended a vigorous and successful career. During this five-year fight, she was able to realize one of her most personally rewarding accomplishments by successfully inspiring the start of a local organic producers’ co-op. This effort not only helped invigorate the local economy and provide the community with abundant organic alternatives, but it also resulted in the continued function and vitality of a local historical landmark, the Meadville Market House — Pennsylvania’s oldest active community market house.
During her struggle with health, Jennifer never totally gave up teaching, counselling, and striving to inspire younger students. The family realized that this was one of her most important achievements, only after the flood of former student condolences that included countless stories of how their education and careers were positively altered by a supportive and genuinely caring professor.
The DeHart Local Foods Dinner is an Allegheny tradition that takes place each year to honor the legacy of Jennifer DeHart, who was an environmental science professor and key member of the sustainability department. The collaborative nature of the event, which involves Parkhurst Dining, the Department of Environmental Science, food and products from local farms and vendors & student volunteers, showcases the link between the Allegheny community and Meadville as a whole.
Anyone interested in donating to this fund may mail contributions with “DeHart” in the memo to BAF, 129 Main St. Suite 301, Beckley, WV 25801 or donate online by clicking the button below. If you are interested in starting a donor advised fund or leaving a legacy gift, call BAF at 304-253-3806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wyoming County Economic Development Authority is hosting a writing competition to encourage and recognize, through grant awards, new or established writers of Wyoming County, WV. The purpose is to help keep alive and inspire new historical and cultural endeavors through the craft of writing. Applicants must submit an entry to the Planning Commission comprised of writers and Wyoming County residents.
Awards will be made based upon the merit of submitted work. There will be three prizes available for elementary students and two prizes available for each of the remaining categories. These awards are made possible by the generous gift of a Wyoming County donor, Lonnie Bailey, who created the Literature Fund for Wyoming County at BAF. Each entry will receive a certificate of participation.
Winners will be announced in Spring 2022, and there is no entry fee, although BAF encourages each applicant to submit 1-3 entries. Entries must be submitted to the Planning Commission between January 1, 2022 — March 31, 2022.
Entries must be sent to the Planning Commission at 506A River Road, P.O. Box 1828, Pineville, WV, 24874 OR emailed to email@example.com. If emailing, please include “Wyoming County Writing Contest” in the subject line.
Lonnie Bailey is the author of 19 books, 18 of them being composed of poetry. His poetry has been published in 93 anthologies and his songs have been included on five CDs; he had a play performed by the Mullens Community Theater. On more than 170 occasions he has had material published in various newspapers and magazines. Lonnie Bailey’s work, both prose and poetry, has received dozens of national and international honors. Lonnie is also working on a Lonnie Bailey Scholarship with BAF to support Wyoming County students seeking higher education. Details will be released at a later date.
Anyone interested in donating to the writing contest fund may mail contributions with "Wyoming County Literature Fund” in the memo to BAF, 129 Main St. Suite 301, Beckley, WV 25801 or click the button below to donate online. If you are interested in leaving a bequest, call BAF at 304-253-3806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board Members: Nancy Gentry, Regina Fairchild, Julia Long, Amber Pease, Nancy Paugh, Helga Gulley, Dianna Powell, Amanda Lively, Annetta Bryant, Sherry McPhail (past board member) and Judy Bays. Not pictured: Carroll Damron and Tina Martina.
The Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary established the “Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship Fund” to support students from Boone, Fayette, Greenbrier, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Nicholas, Raleigh, Summers, or Wyoming counties in West Virginia. Students must have a parent, stepparent, sibling, or grandparent who has been or is currently employed in a coal related industry.
“The last two years have had life consequently different than we have ever experienced in our lifetime. During this same period, coal has taken a big hit from political venues and environmentalists. More than ever, coal needs to be presented as the beneficial resource it is in helping keep America independent. The Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary has always presented coal people as hard working, caring individuals who give where and when needed. These ladies have supported veterans, youth, the underprivileged, the hungry, essential workers, educators, and many others.
Coal has been an important part of West Virginia history. Coal people, their hard work and dedication to all should never be forgotten. By establishing a fund with the Beckley Area Foundation, Coal people and their generosity will never be forgotten. History will be maintained. We are proud to continue our legacy by joining the Beckley Area Foundation.”
Judy Bays | Director of Public Relations, Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary
Anyone interested in donating to this fund may mail contributions with “FOCLA” in the memo to BAF, 129 Main St. Suite 301, Beckley, WV 25801 or click the button below to donate online. If you are interested in leaving a bequest, call BAF at 304-253-3806 or email email@example.com.