Holt Receives Grant to Promote Lifelong Learning from Winter Park Health Foundation

The Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College is initiating the second phase of its Lifelong Learning Program thanks to the receipt of a $2,500 grant from the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF).

The Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College is initiating the second phase of its Lifelong Learning Program thanks to the receipt of a $2,500 grant from the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF). The grant supports the Summer Open House for the greater Winter Park older adult community, featuring liberal arts and humanities activities and lectures offered through the Lifelong Learning Program.

According to Bob McKinlay, interim director of the Rollins Center for Lifelong Learning, “This grant will provide an excellent opportunity for older adults in Winter Park and other local communities to learn about the exceptional enrichment offerings that Rollins plans to offer to adults 50 and over beginning in Fall 2013.”

An earlier grant from WPHF to Hamilton Holt School provided funding for a series of health seminars for older adults on health tips including storytelling to improve health andfitness through movement and imagination. In addition, the Holt School is just completing a research study funded by WPHF to determine the educational needs and interests of older learners in the Winter Park area. Results of the survey will help determine course offerings and activities for the open house.

Many active adults over the age of 50 are seeking opportunities in higher education to learn more about personal areas of interest, such as computer training or American colonial history. Others would like to pursue a hobby or enhance livelihood skills in areas such as money management or wills and trusts. The Rollins Center for Lifelong Learning will address these needs with its outreach to older adults in the greater Winter Park area.

Dr. David Richard, dean of the Hamilton Holt School, says, “Lifelong learning is a central mission of our program at Holt School and this grant will help us introduce our Lifelong Learning program to Winter Park and residents from other local neighborhoods. We want to thank the Winter Park Health Foundation for its generous support.”