Jennifer D. Coulter Memorial Scholarship Fund

 

Jennifer Coulter held a great love for educating her students and tried to instill within them a zest for learning. According to her parents, Jennifer loved to read and loved to teach. She had once stated that teaching was the only field that she had ever considered.

In establishing the Jennifer D. Coulter Memorial Scholarship Fund within the Foundation, in memory of their daughter and her love for teaching, Jennifer's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe A. Coulter hope that, "Students who are planning to enter the field of education might be better able to achieve their goals, and therefore continue Jennifer's quest to influence and inspire young minds." The Jennifer D. Coulter Memorial Scholarship Fund supports student scholarships annually to graduates of Webster County High School and Parkersburg High School, in Jennifer's honor and memory.

Jennifer was born on April 18, 1969, in Parkersburg, West Virginia, daughter of Joe A. and Nancy S. Coulter of Vienna. She attended Neale Elementary and Jackson Junior High School in Vienna, and graduated from Parkersburg High School (PHS) as a member of the Class of 1987. At PHS, Jennifer was involved in Thespians and the Big Red Band. She was active in the community, volunteering as a candy striper at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital and serving as a docent on the Blennerhassett Island. Jennifer was a member of Wayside United Methodist Church in Vienna.

Jennifer always attributed her love of foreign language, specifically French, to her wonderful teacher at Parkersburg High School. She had visited France while in high school, an experience that she was later able to share with her own students. Jennifer received her B.A. degree from Marshall University in 1992. Following college, she later moved to Webster County, where she was employed by Webster County High School for five years as a teacher of the French language. While in Webster County, she regularly attended St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Craigsville, near her home.

Jennifer passed away on May 4, 2000, after a tragic automobile accident on her way home from work at Webster County High School. Following the accident, one of Coulter's fellow teachers at Webster County High School, Cara Phillips, commented that Jennifer was, "known for her dedication and ready willingness to help with anything that you asked her to do." Jennifer was one of the faculty members who helped with the school prom and the National Honor Society. Her principal, James Marsh noted that, "She was an excellent teacher and a beautiful person - inside and outside - a fine Christian person." A memorial service was held to honor Jennifer on May 11, 2000, at the school, which included the planting of a flowering plum tree in front of the school that will bloom each spring in her honor and memory.

Jennifer's father, Joe, is a retired production supervisor from Pechiney Aluminum of Ravenswood, WV. Her mother Nancy taught preschool for more than twenty years, most recently at the Washington United Methodist Church preschool in Washington, WV. The Coulter family also includes her brother, Christopher A. Coulter and his wife Lori of Blacklick, Ohio, and a sister, Jodi D. Coulter, of Vienna.

 

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