The first major gift to Hollins was $5,000 from John and Ann Halsey Hollins of Lynchburg in 1855. In gratitude, the trustrees changed the name of the school to Hollins Institute. Ann Halsey and her husband made the generous gift because they shared Charles Lewis Cocke's belief that young women had as much right to an education as did their brothers.
Where would Hollins be today without the foresight and generosity of the Hollins' in 1855?
Hollins today needs your support — to continue a tradition of excellence in educating young women.
Thank you to the more than 130 members of the 1842 Society and Miss Matty's Circle who joined President Gray and the Trustees for a beautiful autumn weekend in New York, November 8-10.
Mark your calendars: 1842 Society Weekend in Dallas, TX November 2014