Brook’s grandfather, JG White, started the White Foundation in NYC and did charitable work in the New York area. As her father was closing out the Foundation, he gave each of his daughters $30,000. Brook and George decided to invest the money to start a scholarship fund. It has continued to assist students for many years.
Brook, a New York native, went to Bennett Jr. College in Millbrook, NY. She also attended Parson School of Design, but when she met George it changed all of her plans. She and George married in 1954 and moved to Davie County, where they have lived since. Brook was an active volunteer in the elementary schools and at the Davie County Hospital. She lived out her passion for helping children by serving as a Sunday school teacher and volunteer with children’s programs at the First Baptist Church. She also served as Cub Scout leader and Brownie leader for several years.
George was born and raised in Mocksville. He graduated from Duke University with a degree in law. In 1952, George established his own law firm, now called Martin & Van Hoy LLP, which remains in the downtown square to this day. George was active in politics, once serving as a candidate’s campaign manager; he was the director of Mocksville savings and loan, and served as Master of the Masonic lodge and President of Rotary Club. He was one of the original incorporating directors of the Davie Community Foundation. George was active until he passed away in 2018.
Both George and Brook are well known and admired citizens in the community. The Martins care deeply about the education of Davie County’s children and are incredibly grateful for the students who have received the White-Martin scholarship and have been successful.
The White-Martin Scholarship is available to a high school senior or college student needing financial assistance, who has shown academic achievement.