Bay Shore, NY – March 9, 2011 — Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Evelyn Blose Holman, who created a renaissance in the Bay Shore Union Free School District during her 17-year tenure, recently announced the formation of a foundation that will ensure continued success for Bay Shore students, even after her retirement in June. The mission of the Evelyn Blose Holman Education Foundation is to provide financial assistance for students in order to advance their education and help them gain access to the finest programs and resources, while fostering the best in the individual. Any student residing in Bay Shore and attending the district’s schools may apply.


“This foundation is my way of giving back and saying thank you, while protecting our collective achievements and ensuring that our schools, community and students continue to shine,” said Dr. Holman. “Bay Shore is a special place, a beacon of exemplary education. Our students are and always will be the center of all that we do.”

Dr. Holman, an accomplished administrator, is a successful business leader, as well. When she first arrived in Bay Shore, she embraced the formidable task of solidifying a school district and community. Beginning with the formation of the now nationally recognized Bay Shore School District-sponsored Community Summit, the renaissance began. By bringing together families, businesses, community leaders and politicians,

Evelyn Holman created a school-community collaboration, which dramatically improved the quality of life for residents. “The difference between Bay Shore 17 years ago compared to today is like night and day. The result of the years (of improvement) is tangible,” said Suffolk County Executive, Steve Levy. “Where there were once empty stores, there is now a vibrant downtown. Due to the collective accomplishments of all involved, Bay Shore will continue to prosper.” 

A catalyst for educational change, Dr. Holman has garnered numerous honors. In addition to having been chosen as Maryland Superintendent of the Year, she has been named three times to the Top One Hundred Superintendents in North America. She served on the Audit Review Committee of the American Association of School Administrators, the Board of Directors of the American Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the National Middle School Association.

A visionary who is also a team player, Dr. Holman is keenly aware that the success of the Evelyn Blose Holman Education Foundation will depend on the support of families and business leaders of the greater Bay Shore area. According to Susan Barbash, foundation board member, “A successful education foundation in Bay Shore will be rooted in our community for a very important reason: education is the means to success. Our achievements will be based on relationships: neighbors, friends, associates helping one another. More important than any other element in the foundation’s accomplishments, these relationships are the core to a successful foundation benefiting the students of Bay Shore. As the saying goes, ‘People give to people.”

The Evelyn Blose Holman Foundation is a not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization.

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