Longtime Delaware State University alumni supporters Drs. Berlin N. and Reba R. Hollingsworth recently presented Dr. Harry L. Williams a display check representing a $10,000 contribution to create the Dr. Berlin N. and Dr. Reba R. Hollingsworth Endowed Scholarship.
Undergraduate DSU students from rising freshmen to seniors with at least a 2.75 GPA and demonstrated financial need will be eligible for the scholarships.
Dr. Berlin met his wife of nearly 67 years, the former Reba Ross, while they were working summer jobs in Asbury Park, N.J. In 1947, Dr. Reba’s junior year at then-Delaware State College, they were married.
She graduated from DSC in 1949, completing a six year educational track that included graduating from the Laboratory High School in 1945. Upon earning her bachelor’s degree, Dr. Reba became a high school teacher and guidance counselor.
Dr. Berlin matriculated a few years later at Delaware State, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1967. After graduation, he was the first manager of the school’s student center. He went on to spend 22 years in the public school system.
Dr. Berlin served as principal and Dr. Reba served as counselor during summers in the 1970s when they conducted student study tours throughout Europe and coordinated study tours for foreign students throughout the United States. Now retired, the couple teaches and counsels organizations on parliamentary procedures and time management, as well as provides marital and premarital counseling.
The Hollingsworths say that Delaware State provided them with a good basic education and gave them the confidence to know that they could compete with anyone, anywhere in the world. They also say that they have an obligation to give back to their alma mater and encourage other alums and friends to do the same.
Together, the Hollingsworths have contributed more than $23,000 to Delaware State over the years.