Veteran gives 25K to start scholarship endowment fund

UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence Alexander is pictured with Rudolph Miller and Miller’s Mother-In-Law Corinne Jones along with Director of Annual Giving Dr. Margaret Martin-Hall. Mr. Miller presented a check for $25,000 to start an endowed scholarship in honor of his late wife, Louise Henderson-Miller. Photo by Brian T. Williams.

UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence Alexander is pictured with Rudolph Miller and Miller’s Mother-In-Law Corinne Jones along with Director of Annual Giving Dr. Margaret Martin-Hall. Mr. Miller presented a check for $25,000 to start an endowed scholarship in honor of his late wife, Louise Henderson-Miller. Photo by Brian T. Williams.

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The love story of two veterans resulted in the culmination of a love to give an opportunity for others to be educated. 43 years ago, Rudolph Miller met his soul mate, the late Louise Henderson-Miller at Womack Army Hospital in Fort Bragg, North Carolina during military service in the United States Army.

“I admired her as she cared for seriously injured soldiers in the emergency room,” recalled Miller. “Her beautiful eyes captivated me.”

Louise wanted to become a registered nurse but didn’t complete her studies.

United States Army photo of Louise Henderson-Miller courtesy of Rudolph Miller

United States Army photo of Louise Henderson-Miller courtesy of Rudolph Miller

Nevertheless, she worked in health care helping senior citizens and shut-ins.  She volunteered countless hours and welcomed the forgotten into their home. Through her years of service to others, it was evident that she had the heart of a nurse but had health problems of her own. As years went by, her health deteriorated and she was no longer able to help others.She passed away May 22, 2014.

“Our 43 years together flew by so fast,” said Miller. “Through the years, our different personalities strengthened our marriage like steel rods reinforce concrete.”

Mr. Miller always admired the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff  and was accompanied by his mother-in-law Corinne Jones to present the institution with a check for $25,000 – the initial part of a $100,000 endowment for the Louise Miller Endowment Scholarship. The proceeds will benefit any student majoring in nursing at UAPB.

“It’s gifts like these that come from the heart and show what a big heart [Mr. Miller] has for this institution and his deceased wife,” said UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander. “This is a great way to honor her memory and continue giving life through the university. It is admirable that he would see the need and demonstrate his commitment by contributing so significantly in this way. This is a major gift and we are honored to receive it.”

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s