- About the Scholarship
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.
The Melissa Holland Scholarship was established by the Holland Family in honor of Melissa and her commitment to helping others. The Scholarship is intended to recognize and assist deserving students from Fairfield County or Westchester County who have demonstrated compassion, conscientiousness, and commitment similar to that of Melissa. The ideal candidates already live by Melissa’s motto—“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for others?”
The Melissa Holland Memorial Scholarship was established by the Holland family in honor of Melissa and her commitment to helping others. The selection committee, comprised of members of the Westchester/Fairfield UVA Alumni Chapter, seeks to recognize a deserving student(s) from Fairfield County or Westchester County who lives by Melissa’s motto: “What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for others.”
Two awards of $5,000 each—one to an incoming first-year student and one for a returning student—will be given for the 2018–19 academic year.