By Hazel Scott/ASU
Dr. Linda J.M. Holloway, associate professor in the College of Education at Alabama State University, was awarded the prestigious Wilbur A. Tincher Award for Humanitarian and Caring Person at the 2023 Alabama Counseling Association’s (ALCA) 57th Annual Conference in Birmingham.
The award honors a person who gives to others without fanfare or expectation of a reward. The award includes a grant of $100. Wilbur A. Tincher provided the initial funds after ALCA established the award in his name.
Holloway noted that Tincher's gift serves as a personal witness to his love and admiration for those who genuinely care for the welfare of others and who care about social issues and problems.
“I was overwhelmed and filled with joy just knowing that someone thought enough of the work I was doing to be nominated for such an award. So, when I learned that I had received the award, I was indeed very grateful and honored…I certainly will cherish this moment because this is not something that happens often…. It always makes the heart grow a little bigger to have others come alongside you and say, ’I see you; I admire the work you are doing, and I want to celebrate you.’”
Holloway pointed out that she doesn’t take the honor lightly because “there are many other worthy Counselor Educators who are doing extraordinary work.”
She said she would be remiss if she didn’t thank everyone who played a part in making the honor a reality. “I would not have been able to accomplish this without the support of colleagues, family and friends.”
Holloway has been teaching in the Counseling Education program for five years. Her area of study includes Black women and mental health and career counseling for the underprivileged.
Holloway is also known for her children's books that focus on childhood emotional learning and literacy. Her books can be found on Amazon.