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Jean Banks Holloway Endowed Scholarship Significantly Expanded to Make Greater Impact

By Julie Osburn

Jean Banks Holloway, a College of Education (COE) alumna, enjoyed a long and rewarding career as a kindergarten teacher. She taught for 35 years in a number of cities including Detroit, Boston, St. Louis and Birmingham. In 2002, Paula Wood, who was dean of the COE at the time, approached Jean with an idea: to create a scholarship at Wayne State University’s College of Education. According to Richard, “Jean insisted upon doing so with her own money.” Shortly thereafter, the Jean Banks Holloway Endowed Scholarship was established in order to recognize scholastic achievement, to encourage continued progress, and to provide assistance to students in financing their education in the College of Education. The first recipient was named in 2003.
Sadly, Jean passed away of Alzheimer’s disease in April 2013. She faithfully attended every scholarship reception until two years prior to her death when she was too ill to do so. Both Jean and Richard enjoyed meeting their scholarship recipients…something Richard continues to do today. Earlier this year, Richard returned to the College of Education to establish a second scholarship in Jean’s honor with a very generous bequest. This new scholarship will significantly increase the amount of scholarship funds available for COE students each year.

The couple met at a New Year’s Eve party in 1957 and were married the following September. They travelled the world, logging more than 100,000 miles with a travel group. Jean is missed terribly by her husband and is remembered fondly by the students, faculty and staff who came into contact with her over the years. An avid reader, Jean once said, “I am proud to be a graduate of the Wayne State University College of Education, where I received an excellent background in education philosophy, child psychology, teaching methods and supervised teaching experiences.  I found a great satisfaction in my teaching experience…and hope this fund will help others obtain the same satisfaction.”

The COE is incredibly grateful for the generous support from the Holloways over the years. Their story exemplifies the way in which scholarships make a lasting impact, not only on students, but also on the individuals who make these scholarships possible.

[Julie Osburn, M.Ed., is a Research Administrator in the College of Education and a member of the college’s Communications Team.]

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