Alumni couple donates more than $100,000 toward scholarship fund

Paul and Susan Miller donated money in excess of $100,000 to help establish the Northern Tier Scholarship. (Photo courtesy of

With a donation of more than $100,000, two Indiana University of Pennsylvania alumni have established a scholarship fund for those living in the northern counties of Pennsylvania.

This donation provided by Paul and Susan Miller ’74 will go toward thousand-dollar scholarships, which will be awarded to students who are residents of the Pennsylvania Northern Tier counties: McKean, Potter, Tioga, Lycoming, Cameron, Clinton and Elk. Scholarships from the fund will be awarded beginning in 2015 and will be renewable for up to three years.

“Having a scholarship that is region specific makes it possible for students from those areas who may not have considered coming to IUP in the past to have an opportunity to attend the university,” said Bill Speidel, vice president for University Advancement.

“We need to have scholarships to encourage the best and the brightest students to come to IUP, particularly one like this that is geared toward a geographic area.”

This scholarship fund will benefit students in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Eberly College of Business who hold at least a 3.2 GPA.

Dr. Deanne L. Snavely, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, said she is excited to have a new scholarship and appreciative of the Millers’ generosity.

“Students always need support to help pay for their education, and I know that many students have to work,” Snavely said. “Their parents are working and sacrificing to help pay for their education. The generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Miller will be greatly appreciated by the students and their families.”

Zachery Chandler (junior, business education) said he believes students in the Northern Tier deserve this scholarship opportunity.

“As someone who resided and graduated from McKean County, I know for a fact that there are many deserving students in the Northern Tier who would greatly benefit from the opportunity being afforded by the Millers,” Chandler said in an email interview.

“I personally am grateful for their donation to afford my peers back home the opportunities that so many in the Northern Tier don’t receive: a college education.”

Although IUP is a state-funded school, only 29 percent of the overall budget is provided by the state, according to the IUP website.

In the fiscal year 2012-13, 6,947 IUP graduates made donations totaling more than $6 million to the university, according to the 2012-13 Summary of Giving.

The university is always appreciative when alumni give back to their alma mater, Speidel said.

“Here is a couple that saw fit to invest their hard-earned dollars into IUP to allow students to come here and receive the educational experience that they had,” Speidel said. “It certainly sends a strong message to alumni of how important it is to give back.”

The Northern Tier Scholarship is the second donation to IUP’s science and mathematics department to be revealed this month. A donation toward a new facility for the department was made by Tim and Debra Cejka ’73.