In 2012, Hollace was honored to be awarded the national Emily C. Speechio Foundation $1000 scholarship award on the basis of her philanthropic work in the arts, and to recognize outstanding artistic talent and potential.
Emily C. Specchio was a young woman born in 1984, who graduated from Virginia Tech on May 13, 2006. Just two days later, unexpectedly and tragically, Emily died from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm. Emily’s parents created a foundation in her honor to recognize young people who embody Emily’s zest for life, and her dedication to serving others.
Hollace was especially humbled by this recognition.