In 1972, Margaret Holmes Kelley, mother of recent graduate Charlotte Kelley Porterfield '68, made a $1,000 gift in memory of her father and Charlotte's grandfather, Forrest Shepperson Holmes. Mrs. Kelley didn't know at the time how she wanted the money used. She didn't decide for more than 25 years, but throughout that time she kept adding to the fund. By the time she signed an endowment agreement for the Forrest Shepperson Holmes Scholarship in 2000, it was worth $25,000.
Honoring the year Hollins was founded, The 1842 Society provides special recognition to alumnae/i, parents, and friends who give $1,842 or more during the year to any designation at Hollins. Members are invited to special events with the president and trustees and are listed in a prominent location in our Annual Report on Giving.
>> Current Members
|President's Society||$50,000 and up|
|Founder's Society||$25,000 - 49,999|
|Quadrangle Society||$10,000 - 24,999|
|Main Society||$5,000 - 9,999|
|Carvin Society||$2,500 - 4,999|
|Botetourt Society||$1,842 - 2,499|
Miss Matty's Circle honors Matty Cocke, daughter of Hollins' founder, president of Hollins from 1901 to 1933, and the first woman to head a college in Virginia. "Miss Matty" led Hollins through a transitional period in academics as, for the first time, the school offered a four-year bachelor of arts program. Miss Matty's Circle recognizes young alumnae who are leadership donors; these donors enjoy full membership in the 1842 Society.
>> Current Members
|10-14 years since graduation||$1,000 - 1,841|
|5-9 years since graduation||$500 - 1,841|
|1-4 years since graduation||$250 - 1,841|
The Green and the Gold Society recognizes the important role played by those alumnae/i, parents, and friends that consistently support Hollins. Donors to any designation at Hollins for five or more consecutive years are honored with a star symbol next to their names in our Annual Report on Giving. Membership is also extended to recent alumnae/i who have given every year since graduation.
Named in honor of consistent Hollins donor Marian Wolff Young, '29, this society recognizes lifetime giving beginning with the Class of 1999. Alumnae from that class forward who give to any purpose at Hollins, every year since graduation, are recognized with a "Y" next to their name in our annual gift report.
The university motto, Levavi Oculos (from the 121st Psalm: "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills"), emphasizes leadership and service in accord with the Hollins value and traditions. This lifetime giving society honors Hollins' most generous donors whose cumulative gifts surpass $1 million.
Levavi Oculos member names are engraved on a marble frieze located along the walkway between East and Pleasants on campus.
The Heritage Society honors those alumnae/i, parents, and friends who have generously made a bequest provision or planned gift commitment for Hollins in their estate plans.