Scholarship created in memory of Donna Fortner

Scholarship created in memory of Donna Fortner

A newly established scholarship at Potomac State College of West Virginia University (WVU) honors a beloved former teacher and lifelong resident of Mineral County.

The Donna Fortner Careers in Education Memorial Scholarship was recently created in loving memory of Donna Fortner, who was also an alumna of the College. She furthered her education at WVU where she earned her bachelors in education and her masters plus 45 credits in the same field.   

Fortner’s husband, Frank, and their daughter, Amanda Rader, wanted to create a scholarship to honor her memory because, “… she had such a love of educating students.” 

Funds will provide scholarships to full-time students enrolled at Potomac State who are majoring in any educational field.  In addition to being residents of Mineral County, recipients must also maintain a 3.0 grade point average.  A student who is a recipient one year is eligible for consideration in any other year as well, provided they continue to meet the selection criteria.

“Mom touched the lives of so many people in our community that Dad and I felt it only fitting that what she worked so hard to attain should be perpetuated”  said Rader.

For further information about establishing a scholarship to honor a loved one, contact Lucas Taylor, director of development at Potomac State, at 304-788-6995 or at