Aderholt Endowed Scholarship supports education majors

Belief in the power of education and a desire to support future educators are the inspiration for the Harry K. “Haney” Aderholt Scholarship at the Troy University Memorial.

Anne Aderholt founded a scholarship in honor of her late husband Harry S. “Haney” Aderholt and sister Rebecca Langford. Aderholt said she was motivated to create the scholarship because of her parents ’determination to get her and her siblings to graduate.

“The goal is for every student who has a strong desire to get an education to have the opportunity, without financial strain for parents,” Aderholt said.

Aderholt, born Anne Scarbro, grew up in Troy, Alabama, with her sisters Rebecca and Peggy and brother Robert. All three sisters attended TROY, Rebecca and Peggy received degrees and pursued teaching professions, and Robert went to the University of Auburn on a football scholarship.

Aderholt says she hopes the new scholarship will help future teachers get degrees with less financial strain.

“I want to help students and take some of the burden off of them and their parents,” Aderholt said.

Aderholt first created a scholarship to the University of Troy in 2012. She created the Harry K. Haney Aderholt Memorial Fellowship in memory of her husband, an Air Force general and an outstanding figure in the development of Air Force Special Operations. This scholarship has benefited the dependents of servicemen who have died in the line of duty.

Aderholt said her sister Rebecca contributed to the original scholarship fund and left generous donations from her estate after her death. The gift provided an opportunity to review and expand the scholarship to help even more students, Aderholt said.

The new scholarship supports any student who earns a degree in education, with an advantage for students from Pike County. This is a move that Aderholt believes her late husband would have supported because he also believed in the power of education. “He knew how important education was, mainly because he didn’t have it,” Aderholt said. “He dropped out of high school to support his family and was unable to go to college. He later helped raise some of his nephews. It meant a lot to him that people had opportunities that he did not need to get a higher education. “

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