In 1975 the Christian Stewardship Subgroup of Holman United Methodist Women under the leadership of Mrs. Beatrice Borders discussed with the members how they could show appreciation to the students of the church who had participated in Sunday School, MYF and given valuable service to the church. They wanted our young people to know that with dedication, guidance, perseverance, and hard work that a Christian education is just as important as an academic education. With that in mind, the members decided to give a small scholarship to a student who would graduate from high school in June 1976. Thus, was the inception of what now is known as the Claudia Whitmore/Beatrice Borders Memorial Scholarship.
The scholarship fund was originally named in memory of Mrs. Claudia Whitmore who was an educator and firm believer in encouraging and assisting young people to continue their education. Mrs. Whitmore was the mother of the late Mrs. Alise Waters, who was a member of the Holman United Methodist Women. When Mrs. Borders passed away, her name was added to the name of the scholarship. Her Motto was “Education is the Way.” This is Holman’s oldest scholarship.
The first scholarship was awarded in 1976 to Sabrina Fair Thomas, the daughter of the late Mrs. Hester Fair who was a long-time and devoted member of the Holman United Methodist Women. 2014 marks the 38th anniversary of the scholarship program. During the past 37 years 79 scholarships have been awarded totaling approximately $55,000 dollars.