Miss Lois Holt was raised in the northeast and graduated in 1930 from the Douglass College at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, with a degree in home economics. She worked several years in private industry, before she returned to Rutgers as a home economics instructor.
In 1953, Miss Holt followed her father Frank Holt, a lawyer, to Florida. Like her father Miss Holt invested in the state’s profitable citrus industry and real estate and began amassing her fortune. In the 1970s, when the Central Florida citrus industry was giving way to development, Miss Holt cashed in on some of her valuable land holdings, which included parcels in Old Winter Garden Road, Hiawassee Road, the Lake Mary/I4 interchange, and along US 27 in Clermont.
In 1992, good friend and financial advisor John Stilwell, helped Miss Holt to set up an education foundation to provide scholarships for Central Florida institutions like the University of Central Florida, Valencia Community College, University of South Florida and Miami University. In addition the foundation also gives grants directly to area colleges as well as her alma mater Rutgers.
John Stilwell, who also served as administrator for the Lois Holt Foundation, described Miss Holt as “blunt” but “with a kind heart.” She lived a simple, low-key life in Florida and never married.
Miss Holt passed away in July 1999, at the age of 91, but her legacy through the foundation that bears her name, continues to help students attain the goal of a college education.
Long-time friends of the University of Central Florida Libraries, Lois Holt and John Stilwell set up a scholarship for student assistants who work in the Libraries. Beginning in 1994, the Lois Holt Foundation awarded 12 $2,000 scholarships available only to Libraries student assistants.
In fall 1993, a group study room was dedicated to Miss Holt. The ceremonies were attended by Dr. Charles Millican, first president of UCF, and Dr. John Hitt, the newly appointed president. Dr. W. Rex Brown served as master of ceremonies.
John Stilwell passed away in the spring of 2006. In fall 2006, the Libraries awarded the last Lois Holt Scholarship.
Thanks to Lois Holt’s generosity over $600,000 has been given to more than 100 students from half a dozen countries of origin at 12 southeastern colleges, including 11 fortunate UCF Libraries student assistants. In addition, as of 2004/05, the Holt Foundation contributed $45,000 to the University of Central Florida Library Enrichment Fund. The University of Central Florida community is indebted to Lois Holt for her legacy of kindness, generosity, and respect for academic excellence.
As of spring 2007, the Lois Holt Scholarship will no longer be offered.
The Lois Holt Scholarship for Library Student Assistants was established at the University of Central Florida in 1994 through the generosity of the Lois Holt Foundation. Not necessarily based on financial need, the scholarship in the amount of $2,000 per school year was awarded in the fall semester to a UCF student working at the University of Central Florida Libraries. This scholarship was awarded strictly on the basis of the criteria noted below.
|2000/2001||Erin Zink||Interlibrary Loan|
|1999/2000||Abby Meishner||Curriculum Materials Center|
|1998/1999||No Scholarship Awarded|
|1997/1998||Sarah M. Roland||Reference|
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