Coastal Carolina Announces New Women's Basketball Scholarship
CONWAY - Retired Coastal Carolina University professor Linda P. Hollandsworth has established a scholarship that will benefit women athletes at the University, according to an announcement today by CCU's Department of Athletics.
The financial gift from Hollandsworth, distinguished professor emerita of English and journalism, will cover the cost of summer school tuition annually for a member of the women's basketball team. To be eligible for the scholarship, recipients must display financial need, be in good academic standing and positively represent the women's basketball program.
"Coastal Carolina University has been a place of opportunity for me in my career," Hollandsworth said. "I am happy that I am able to play a small part in providing a chance for a young woman to have the joy of participating in this family-oriented educational and athletics setting."
The inaugural Linda P. Hollandsworth Scholarship recipient is Janae Camp, a freshman forward from Portsmouth, Va. She earned better than a 3.0 grade point average in her first semester at the University. Camp has played in all 17 games to date this season and averages 4.8 rebounds per game.
"Summer school in collegiate athletics has grown in importance during the past several years and will continue to be integral in helping Coastal Carolina have a competitive edge in recruiting student-athletes and developing them as both students and athletes," said Chris Johnson, executive director of the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation. "Gifts such as the Linda P. Hollandsworth Scholarship are instrumental in advancing the potential of our student-athletes while enhancing the Department of Athletics' budget."
Hollandsworth joined the Coastal faculty in 1985 and retired in 2009. She continued to teach part-time until 2016. During her tenure, she served as director of advisement and retention, and she was the University's NCAA faculty athletics representative for nine years (1991-2000). Hollandsworth earned a bachelor's degree in theater and speech from Greensboro College in 1969, a master's degree in humanities from Hollins College in Roanoke, Va., and a Ph.D. in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1990.