Dr. Nancy Miller Endowment Scholarship
Dr. Nancy L. Miller was a professor of sociology and counseling in the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) from 1966 until her retirement in 1999. She matriculated at Kent State University, where she attained the B, A. and MA.Ed. degrees. After she began her MCCCD teaching/counseling career, Nancy continued her graduate education at Arizona State University, where she attained the Ph.D. degree in Counseling in 1971, and a second Ph.D. degree in Sociology in 1987. After receiving the second doctorate, she sometimes was addressed as “Dr, Dr. Miller.” Among her many accomplishments, perhaps the one in which she took the most pride was shooting a “hole-in-one” at the Sedona Golf Resort in 1993.
Nancy began her MCCCD teaching and counseling career at Glendale Community College (GCC) in 1966, where she stayed until transferring to SCC in 1976. At SCC, she taught sociology in the Social & Behavioral Sciences Division until 1994, at which time she entered the 49% active-retirement program and returned to counseling students as well as teaching personal-development courses in SC‘C’s Counseling Division until her full retirement in 1999.
Nancy was a revered teacher and faculty colleague who dedicated her life to the education of students as well as service to the college, district, and the community. As a teacher, she inspired many GCC and SCC students to continue in their studies and to excel in them. As a counselor, she helped many students in their efforts to succeed academically, occupationally, and personally. As a faculty member, Nancy served on many important college and district committees; and was elected by her colleagues to the positions of SCC Faculty Senate President (1989-1990) and MCCCD Faculty Association President (1993-1994). In all these roles, she performed with distinction.
Nancy died on December 30, 2002. She left a large endowment, held by the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, which she stated was to be used to award scholarships to SCC students planning to major in one of the disciplines represented within the Social & Behavioral Sciences Division, Each year, a number of $1000 scholarships are awarded. In this way, “Dr. Dr. Miller” continues to inspire and to help students achieve to the best of their abilities.