The Jeannette White Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in 2005 by Berneice S. White to honor her daughter, who passed away in 1995. The scholarship makes awards to Marion Harding High School seniors and graduates pursuing careers in veterinary medicine or nursing.
Jeannette was a 1960 graduate of Marion Harding High School and made a 20-year career with the American Red Cross, beginning in 1974. She was the recipient of the organization’s State Service Council Commitment to Excellence Award. Serving as an administrative assistant and, briefly, as interim chapter manager, she developed the Marion Chapter’s bookkeeping system and was greatly admired for her outstanding work ethic, integrity, and professionalism. Co-workers and Board members alike described her as the “glue that holds our chapter together,” with a commitment and determination that was “almost too good to be true.”
Jeannette was a charter member of the Marion Hobby Club, as well as the Cookie Cutters Collectors Club, Marion County Historical Society, and Northern Ohio Postmark Circle. She and her mother, with whom she lived, shared a passion for post marks. Berneice even had a personal postmark for their outgoing mail.
The Jeannette White Memorial Scholarship makes awards to high achieving students in the top 25 percent of their class and with a minimum 3.0 grade point average.