Jeanette Jones Conner of Campbellsville, a native of St. Charles, Va., and a 1979 graduate of Campbellsville College, is offering a scholarship to Campbellsville University for students from Taylor County or Lee County, Va., pursuing degrees in teacher education or ministry.
Recipients must have a financial need.
Conner, a retired schoolteacher, grew up a coal miner's daughter and was the oldest of nine siblings. She is the daughter of the late Luster and Georgia Jessee Jones.
In 1955, she graduated from St. Charles High School at 19. She was 10 years old when she started school, after moving to a "miner's camp," because there was no school close enough for her to attend.
Conner went through three grades in less than one year.
At age 12, she became a Christian and began teaching her father to read the Bible. Her father was her "first student" as Conner says.
"I knew I wanted to be a teacher since second grade," she said.
Her father, however, refused to let her attend college. Instead she had to work in order to support her parents and younger siblings.
It wasn't until 1973, at age 41, after she and her husband Sam moved to Campbellsville that she was given the opportunity to further her education.
Conner was a double major in teacher education and social work at Campbellsville College. She served as president of the Student Social Work Club, and was included in Who's Who in Education, Who's Who in American Women and the World's Who's Who.
After graduating from Campbellsville College in 1979, she continued her education at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky. earning a Rank I certification, master's in education, as well as specialist degrees and other endorsements.
Conner served with Taylor County Schools for 21 years before retiring in 2001.
For more information or for students interested in the Sam and Jeanette Conner Endowed Scholarship, contact Campbellsville University's Office of Financial Aid at (800) 264-6014 or 789-5013 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To make a donation to the Sam and Jeanette Conner Endowed Scholarship, contact the Campbellsville University Development Office at 789-5211 or mail a donation to Campbellsville University at 1 University Drive, UPO 784, Campbellsville, Ky., 42718.