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Miller family pays it forward by creating undergraduate scholarship at WVU

on Fri, 03/16/2012 - 08:00

Doug Miller understands the importance of education, and the role that it has played in his personal and professional success. He credits West Virginia University with providing him the fundamental education needed throughout his various career endeavors. Inspired to assist others in receiving a similar foundation, Miller is giving back to his alma mater by creating scholarships.

Miller and his wife, Harriett, have added $25,000 to their original endowed scholarship fund established in 2003. With this latest installment, the C. Douglas and Harriett T. Miller Family Scholarship holds a total of $50,000 in endowed funds.

“I received a terrific education from WVU, which motivated me to continue on to receive my master’s degree,” Doug Miller said. “I graduated from a public high school in West Virginia, and I would like for other students with a similar background to have the same opportunity that I had.”

The scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate students who are enrolled in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Additional requirements state that the student must be in good academic standing, and have graduated from a public high school within the state of West Virginia.

“This renewed commitment from Harriett and Doug Miller will allow additional students from the state to attend West Virginia University and enroll in the Statler College,” said Gene Cilento, Glen H. Hiner dean. “We are very grateful for their continued support of our engineering programs.”

Miller said he was inspired to create the scholarship because of his own experience in receiving private support.

“I have a pay it forward philosophy,” Miller explained. “I was the beneficiary of various scholarships while I was at WVU and they proved to be very helpful in completing my education.”

Doug, a native of Martinsburg, graduated from WVU in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering. He later went on to receive his master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He and Harriett currently reside in Bluffton, S.C.

The gift was made through the WVU Foundation, the private, non-profit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of WVU.