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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 Education Center.
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 Brewton-Parker College.”

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 Company.

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 Rehabilitation.


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