Melissa D. Holland was born in Fairfield County in 1960 where she was raised with her four brothers. She attended Greenwich Academy and was a youth leader at her church and with a number of other Greenwich service organizations. Melissa enjoyed the friendship of many—through her community service as well as her musical and athletic endeavors. Melissa graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1982 with a degree in English Languages and Literature. She was a member of the Tri Delta sorority and remained an active volunteer while at the University. Melissa’s service to the University included participation as an outstanding member of the Resident Staff Program for two years. Melissa’s sensitivity and concern for others made her an exemplary Resident Assistant. Through her kindness and actions, she reminded others of the overarching importance of caring for others and the necessity of doing now what one considers most important. Shortly after her graduation from the University, Melissa was killed in a plane crash while returning from a trip to Europe.
This scholarship was established by the Holland Family as a way of honoring Melissa, a 1982 graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences. The scholarship is intended to recognize and assist deserving students from the Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY, Alumni Chapter Region who have demonstrated compassion, conscientiousness and commitment to others, similar to that of Melissa. Through her kindness and actions, she reminded people of the overarching importance of caring for others. The ideal candidates already live by Melissa’s motto: “What do we live for, if it is not to make life a little less difficult for others?”
The committee will award $16,000 for the 2022-23 academic year.