The Kimberly Webb Hollis New Beginning Endowment was established at Northwest Mississippi Community College in December of 2018 by her husband, Dr. Marshall Hollis, in celebration of their recent marriage, which represents a new beginning and a new chapter in their lives.
This is the third scholarship endowment established by Dr. Hollis, one being in his honor, The Dr. Marshall Hollis Endowment, and the other in honor of his sister-in-law, The Linda McGonaghill Hollis Endowment.
Patti Gordon, executive director of the Office of Institutional Advancement, is excited over this new endowment. “I have known Kim for many years, and this scholarship is an absolutely perfect gift for her. How kind and insightful of Dr. Hollis to give a wedding gift that honors his wife for generations to come and helps student pursue the same career of nursing that Kim has practiced for so many years,” Gordon said.
Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, Hollis spent the next 36 years of her life in Las Vegas, three years in Santa Ana, California, and then she moved to Senatobia. Her marriage to William Charles Webb ended in his death in 2016. The greatest blessings of her marriage include her three children, Stephanie Webb Wiley, Peter Webb, and Christopher Webb, and one stepdaughter, Gia D’errico. Added to those blessings are her three grandchildren.
She engaged in college studies in art and in hotel and restaurant management until she found the passion she had been looking for in a career and chose to study nursing. At the age of 50, she earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Northwest. She worked as a registered nurse at Baptist Memorial Hospital before accepting a position with the Mississippi State Department of Health where she served as public health nurse for 11 years until her retirement in 2018.
Throughout her adult life, Hollis’ faith has been the sustaining and guiding force in her life. Her membership at First Baptist Church in Senatobia provided her and her children with a place of comfort and service. She sang in the choir, and she has continued that service at her new church, First Baptist Church in Ripley, Mississippi.
About her faith, Hollis is quick to credit God’s grace to overcoming any challenges that she has faced in her life. “This scholarship is such a beautiful gift from my husband and not only represents a way to help nursing students with scholarship assistance, but it also represents a new beginning in God’s plan for my life. Through every step, in every valley, on every mountaintop, I have always sensed God’s steady Hand and sweet presence,” Hollis said.
Dr. Marshall Hollis has been a champion of Boy Scouts of America and has won countless awards and contributed innumerable hours of service and generous gifts to this organization. He was excited about enlisting his wife’s skills as a nurse in this wonderful organization, “Kimberly is now a member of BSA, and she has completed the training courses necessary to attend camp in June and the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia this summer where she will be working on the medical staff as a Registered Nurse.” Dr. Hollis is a pharmacist, and the couple will provide medical services to hundreds of scouts from all over the world.
Dr. Michael Heindl, president of Northwest, sees this endowment as truly unique. “In all of my years in community college administration, I cannot remember a single time when an endowment was begun as a wedding gift. Dr. Hollis certainly came up with a gift that is both unique and eternal, and I am appreciative to him, and I am excited for Kim as they begin this new life together with an honor that will be helping students for generations to come,” Heindl said.
The scholarship will be awarded to students who are second-year students in the Associate Degree Nursing program at Northwest.
For more information, contact the Northwest Office of Institutional Advancement at 662.560.1103 or email Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org.