During their 20th
reunion year in 2015, the Class of 1995, in partnership with Holton family and friends, embarked upon an ambitious fundraising effort for the Hiram Holton II '95 Scholarship. The effort raised $17,550. This year, to continue Hiram’s legacy and foster growth of the Scholarship, his classmates have come together again to form a steering committee. Goal: Raise $25,000 for the Scholarship Fund plus additional gifts for The Fund for Friends.
The Committee is running a special effort that will raise money for the Scholarship Fund, bring those who knew Hiram together to remember him, and teach new generations of the community about Hiram's legacy. Currently, Hiram’s endowed scholarship fund distributes approximately $5,000 to the School’s financial assistance program annually. As Hiram’s endowed fund grows, its distribution grows. In the meantime, the School depends on annual gifts to The Fund for Friends
to provide students immediate financial assistance. As we move forward with this effort, we will encourage donors to consider splitting their gifts between the scholarship and The Fund for Friends.
When Hiram Holton II '95 died on February 6, the entire Friends School community mourned his passing. Hiram, who had just turned 18, succumbed to a rare form of cancer after a valiant two-year battle with the disease.
Hiram was a scholar-athlete—a National Merit Commendation winner who, despite his relatively short stature, played point guard on the basketball team. "He had an intensity that affected all those who played with him," said his coach, Randy Cooper H '16, in an article about Hiram's death that appeared in The Sun. Hiram had hoped to attend the University of North Carolina and one day play in the NBA.
To honor Hiram’s memory, The Hiram Holton II ’95 Scholarship Fund was established by the Class of 1995, the Black Student Union, and friends of the Holton family. It provides scholarship assistance to an Upper School African-American student.