Alice Lloyd College is pleased to announce that a scholarship has been established in honor of two highly respected Morgan County educators, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Holbrook of White Oak, Kentucky. The Earl and Eleanor Holbrook Endowed Scholarship was recently created by members of Mr. and Mrs. Holbrook’s family, who desired to honor the couple and provide annual financial assistance to a Morgan County High School senior planning to attend Alice Lloyd College (ALC).
The Holbrook family felt that establishing this scholarship was an appropriate way of recognizing Earl and Eleanor, who have passionately dedicated their lives to educating the youth of Morgan County. The scholarship will allow them to continue to impact current and future Morgan County students who are pursuing their goal of higher education.
Earl Holbrook attended Morgan County High School and received a Bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University. He served as an educator in Morgan County for 32 years, holding positions at Lenox Elementary, Vance Fork Elementary, Wrigley Elementary, and Morgan County High School. Mr. Holbrook taught classes in Math, Science, and Vocational Agriculture, and was principal at Wrigley Elementary for one year (1959). In addition, he maintained a very active role in his community where he was Morgan County girls’ softball coach, an umpire, a Little League Coach, a Boy Scout Leader, a bus driver, a member of the Greenville Masonic Lodge and a member of Paulina Chapter #360 Order of the Eastern Star.
Eleanor Holbrook also has a long history as a Morgan County educator. After graduating from Magoffin County High School, she received a Bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University. She then taught elementary school for 34 years, working at Blairs Mill Elementary, White Oak Branch Elementary, Elk Fork-Straight Creek Elementary, Peddler Gap Elementary, and Morgan County Elementary. Mrs. Holbrook has also been involved in numerous community and local organizations, including serving as a Girl Scout Leader and a member the Paulina Chapter #360 Order of the Eastern Star.
In addition to their roles as educators and community leaders, Earl and Eleanor have also run a family farm, operated a grocery store, and owned and operated the Holbrook Mobile Home Park for approximately 30 years.
Earl and Eleanor find their greatest joy in spending time with their family; their children and in-laws: Michael and Earletta Jann Stamper (Jann is a 1977 ALC alumna), Gregory Holbrook, and Emanuel and Chernell Holbrook, and their seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. This year, the Holbrooks will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary.
Faith is an important aspect of Earl and Eleanor’s lives, as they are both members of the White Oak Christian Church. When citing reasons for selecting ALC as the school with which they wished to establish this scholarship, the family conveyed an appreciation for Alice Lloyd’s mission and its commitment to providing a character-based education, based upon Christian principles.
For more information about The Earl and Eleanor Holbrook Endowed Scholarship, contact Margo Sparkman, ALC Director of Development or Teresa Grender, ALC Director of Alumni Relations.