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WKU scholarship dedicated in honor of John B. Holland

Mr. Holland has close Bliss, Adair County, KY ties. Endowment honors retired President and CEO of Fruit of the Loom John B. Holland. Shelby Lynn Bell, Jamestown, Russell Co., KY, well-known to Dream Depot audiences in Adair Co., KY, for performances with the theatre company in Columbia, KY. one of two 2011-2012 scholarship recipients

Special From Western Kentucky University

BOWLING GREEN, KY - Rick Medlin, President and CEO of Fruit of the Loom Inc., announced today a substantial endowment to Western Kentucky University to establish the John B. Holland Fruit of the Loom Student Scholarship.

The scholarship, funded through the WKU Foundation, will provide tuition assistance ($4,000 per year) for two WKU students annually, beginning with the fall 2011 academic year. Scholarships will be awarded to the children of Fruit of the Loom employees.

The scholarship recipients for the 2011-2012 academic year are Shelby Lynn Bell of Jamestown, Kentucky, and Matthew Allen Taylor of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Scholarship recipients will be required to make normal progress toward degrees in any chosen field of study, maintain an overall grade-point average of 2.7 or higher with full time status, and be in good academic and disciplinary standing at WKU.

The John B. Holland Fruit of the Loom Student Scholarship pays an everlasting tribute to Mr. Holland, a man who tirelessly invested almost half a century sharing his leadership and commitment to education to the thousands of people throughout Fruit of the Loom worldwide, the Bowling Green community and his alma mater, Western Kentucky University, Medlin said. His many contributions are immeasurable.

WKU President Gary A Ransdell said it is an honor for WKU to have students attend the University on a scholarship named for John Holland and funded by Fruit of the Loom.

Both represent the best in good business and corporate respect, Dr. Ransdell said. WKU is proud to be affiliated with the man and this company. We are grateful to President Medlin and his colleagues for taking this action.

John B. Holland family has close Adair County ties

Mr. Holland is the father-in- law of Cheryl Scott Holland Adair County native and ACHS graduate, and holds bachelors and masters degrees from Western Kentucky University. Cheryl Holland, is the daughter of Norma and Kenneth Scott of Bliss, Adair Co., KY. Cheryl is married to John B. Holland's son, Mike Holland. Mike and Cheryl have two children, Michael Elliott, and Ann Catherine Holland. The newest member of the family is a great grandson for the Scotts of Bliss, a four year old boy who merits two cross Kentucky trips per week from Adair County to Bowling Green, Norma Scott said.

About Fruit of the Loom, Inc.

Fruit of the Loom is a leading international, vertically integrated basic apparel company, emphasizing branded products for consumers of all ages. The Company is one of the worlds largest manufacturers and marketers of mens and childrens underwear, womens intimate apparel, casualwear, activewear/athleticwear, and athletic equipment. An independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.

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