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.
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