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Holland-Underwood Foundation funds scholarships at Brewton-Parker
By Terry Gaston
BPC Public Relations
MOUNT VERNON – The late L. Aubrey Holland and Ernestine Underwood Holland’s
legacy of giving to Brewton-Parker College was extended recently by the Holland-Underwood
Foundation of Mount Vernon through its gift of $100,000, which provided funding
of four $25,000 endowed scholarships to the college.
One scholarship is named for L. Aubrey Holland and is designated for a math
or science major, which will be selected by the division chair or a professor
in the division.
The Ernestine Underwood Holland Scholarship is designated for a music major
that will be selected by audition with music faculty as judges.
The two other scholarships, both of which are open to all students, are named
for Ernestine Holland's twin brothers, the late Joe C. Underwood and the late
John Underwood. The recipients, however, must be residents of either Montgomery
or Toombs County or an adjoining county.
The Holland-Underwood Foundation said that all four scholarships may be retained
for four years, but stipulated the recipient must maintain a 2.5 grade point
average and reapply each year. The foundation also specified that financial
need should be a consideration in naming the recipients.
The scholarships will become available beginning in the fall 2006 semester.
L. Aubrey and Ernestine Holland
“Aubrey and Ernestine Holland loved Brewton-Parker College and showed
that affection in many ways,” said Dr. David R. Smith, Brewton-Parker’s
president. “It is gratifying for those of us who knew them to see their
legacy continue to bless this college.”
For many years, the names of L. Aubrey Holland and Ernestine Underwood Holland
have been synonymous with capital improvement projects at Brewton-Parker.
Through Holland Contracting, the couple many years ago donated the Holland-Underwood
Track and Field and other asphalt paving on campus. They gave a major gift
in 1989 toward the capital campaign for construction of the Holliman-Fountain
Upon the death of Aubrey Holland in January 2003, which followed his wife's
passing in July 2000, the Holland-Underwood Foundation provided $100,000 for
Brewton-Parker’s new student activities center, with $25,000 each year
for four years.
As a result, the parking area surrounding the Bartow and Jean Snooks Student
Activities Center was named for the Hollands.
On the occasion of the center's opening
in October 2002, Aubrey Holland said: “I
never thought in my lifetime I would ever see a facility like this built at
Before his death, Aubrey Holland also authorized a $25,000 gift that was used
to resurface the Holland-Underwood Track, which surrounds the Ed Moses Soccer
Field north of the Snooks Student Activities Center.
For their generosity of construction projects, the Hollands were honored as
Brewton-Parker Alumni of the Year in 1990.
“The Hollands and Underwoods were longtime supporters of the college
and really cared about it,” said Jay Orr, vice president for College
Advancement at Brewton-Parker. “We greatly appreciate the Holland-Underwood
Foundation's generosity in supporting the college and solidifying their legacy
in Brewton-Parker College history.”
Ernestine Holland, born in 1909, was a high school student at Brewton-Parker
Institute and earned a bachelor's degree in education and English at Georgia
College. She was a teacher, first at Collins High School, then at Vidalia and
then finally at Montgomery County High School for 24 years.
Aubrey Holland was born in 1915 and was a native of Tattnall County who received
a mechanical engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
He was president of Holland Contracting in Mount Vernon for 40 years until
his retirement in 1987. The business was eventually sold to Reeves Construction
Holland also served as chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Education
for 18 years and was a director of Montgomery County Bank. He also served on
the president's council for Brewton-Parker and in 1987 was named an honorary
alumnus of the college.
Joe C. Underwood
The Hollands' generosity also extended to Ernestine Holland's twin brothers,
who attended Brewton-Parker and were founding partners in Holland Contracting
before they both became attorneys.
While John Underwood (1911-1983) married and had three children -- John Jr.,
Joe Columbus II and Lola Eugenia -- Joe Underwood remained unmarried and practiced
law in Mount Vernon beginning in 1948. John Underwood's career included time
as judge advocate at Fort Stewart.
Joe Underwood was a Georgia state representative from 1955 to 1968. He served
as the assistant floor leader and was instrumental in the original drafting
of the Georgia Correctional Industries Administration Bill as well as other
legislation concerning corrections. He also served on the State Board of Offender