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William and Rosalyn Brinley

"This is Our School"

Brinley Family of Hollansburg Starts
Scholarship Fund for Tri-Village Students

      Bill and Rosy Brinley of Hollansburg have been proud supporters of Tri-Village schools since their children began attending in the 1970s. The couple demonstrated their love and commitment to the school and its students by starting a fund that will award scholarships every year to
Tri-Village High School graduates.

      The William and Rosalyn Brinley Family Scholarship Fund was
established at the Darke County Foundation to support further educational endeavors of Tri-Village students.

      “This is our school,” said Rosy. “We know the teachers. We know the students. We know the community. It’s like our own family. We wouldn’t consider living anywhere else,” she said.

      The scholarship fund will make its first awards totaling $4,000 to the class of 2021. As a permanent endowment, the fund will use investment income to generate awards every year indefinitely.

       The Brinleys hope their example will inspire others to offer financial assistance to Tri-Village graduates who face ever-increasing college tuition.

      “By establishing this scholarship, we hope other people will also consider doing the same thing for our students” said Bill. “Supporting our students will help Tri-Village remain a strong school district.”

      Bill and Rosy started attending Tri-Village sporting events and activities when their children – Gary, Byron and Susan – participated in the 70s and 80s. They continued cheering for their grandchildren who also attended T-V. Going to basketball games is still a favorite activity, and they have missed those outings this year due to pandemic restrictions.

      The couple has a long history in the community. Bill has lived in the Hollansburg area his entire life except a few childhood years in Indiana. He graduated from Westmont High School (consolidation of Palestine and Hollansburg communities) in 1958. Westmont became Tri-Village High School in 1972. Rosy went to Lindamood School in Greenville Township and graduated from Greenville High School in 1959.

      Bill owned and operated his own trucking company until his retirement in 2006. Rosy worked for Tri-Village schools for 15 years as a secretary and library aid. She also worked at the Hollansburg post office for 12 years.

      “Tri-Village does a good job educating our kids,” said Bill. “This is our way to give back.”

      The Brinleys daughter, Susan Laux, is a volunteer board member at the Darke County Foundation. Susan has presented Foundation scholarships at Tri-Village graduation for the past decade.

       “Susan introduced the idea to us,” said Bill. “She said the Foundation gave scholarships to Tri-Village students out of its general fund, but it didn’t have any scholarships set up specifically for Tri-Village students. Our fund will support only Tri-Village students,” he said.

      The Darke County Foundation is proud to assist the Brinleys as they invest in the future of deserving Tri-Village students.