We recently visited JR and Eleanor Holt at their home in a rural hamlet a few miles outside of Sanford, NC. It has been thirty-three years since their twenty-three year old daughter Martha was killed in an automobile crash on her way to visit them one Sunday afternoon. It was just before she was about to begin her MSN program. Martha wanted to become a nurse practitioner.
Family, friends and community where shocked and heartbroken. They came together and with a modest amount of funds, established a memorial scholarship to carry Martha’s name forward. It took ten years for the fund to grow sufficiently to begin to payout support. Each year, since that time, the Holts have made small gifts and we are incredibly grateful to them. Today, the fund is able to help underwrite a portion of the $5,000 tuition for a School of Nursing undergraduate student to attend and become the Martha Holt Windham Scholar.
Our visit was important. It gave us an opportunity to say thank you and to honor Martha’s memory.