Randall R. Holden Memorial Scholarship Fund

Est. 2015 by W. Allen Holden and Jo-Ann Rapp Holden.

It is never easy to lose a loved one, especially a child and sibling. The Holden family knows this all too well after the sudden passing of their son, Randall Rapp Holden in 2001. Their community, too, felt deeply the loss of his bright and creative spirit.

As a result of the tremendous outpouring of support they received at the time, the Holden family initially created a scholarship fund at Amity High School in Woodbridge, where Randy had been a member of the graduating class of 1999.

To expand the Fund's ability to accept different gift vehicles, the Holdens worked with Amity High School, who graciously agreed to transfer this scholarship to the Valley Community Foundation.

"Schools in general are not positioned to accept different types of gifts,"said Randy's parents, Allen and Jo-Anna. "This move has allowed us to make use of several different gift vehicles to contribute to the Fund, including a gift from our IRA, as well as the use of appreciated stock.

In addition, our daughter, Katrina Holden-Buckley, is providing support through matching contributions from her employer."

The Holdens have also made provisions to add to their Scholarship Fund through their estate plan, becoming members of VCF's, planned giving community, the Gates Society. The scholarship is given to a college-bound Amity High School Senior, who is working and persevering to overcome challenging health problems and who demonstrates financial need.

"Having this Fund at VCF allows us to have many ways to help it to grow during our lifetime and beyond," said the Holden family. "It is a fitting way for us to honor Randy's memory."

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Randall R. Holden Memorial Scholarship Fund