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By endowing a scholarship, Ed and Trish Miller will see the impact of their giving

The WSU alumni look forward to connecting with recipients of their scholarship in coming years

On a visit to the WSU campus, Ed and Trish Miller relax for a few minutes in Marcus Welcome Center.
On a visit to the WSU campus, Ed and Trish Miller relax for a few minutes in the Marcus Welcome Center.

Wichita State has meant a lot to Ed and Trish Miller. It was, after all, the place they first met and struck up an attraction that led to dates, marriage, kids and a lifetime together.

In a recent interview, they both laughed as Ed recalled making his decision to ask out “the best-looking girl” in the labor economics class both were taking from Professor Martin Perline. “The rest of the story is that I was the only girl in the class,” Trish says.

A couple of years ago, as they were considering investment and estate matters, they decided they wanted to include a bequest to their alma mater. They did that with a planned gift, becoming members of the Society of 1895 in the process.

“Then we got to thinking about how we wanted to do something for the university while we were still alive, to have a chance to see some of the benefits of our connection with Wichita State,” Ed says.

That something turned out to be an endowed scholarship for students in the W. Frank Barton School of Business. The first award from the Ed and Trish Miller Scholarship will be made in the 2016 academic year to a student from Kansas who is majoring in economics, accounting or finance.

“We felt like we wanted to give something back to the university that had given so much to us,” Ed says. “We are aware that with the price of a college education going up, up, up and with state funding going down, down, down, that it is very tough for students today to get an education.”

Says Trish: “We want to help young people start out in life with the tools of a great education and not a lot of debt to go with it.”

Ed graduated from Wichita State in 1968 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in economics. Inspired partly by her father, an economics and accounting professor at Southwestern College in Winfield, Trish followed a year later with a BBA in economics, too. They got married three weeks after her graduation. For the next four years, Ed took night classes while working full-time to get his master’s degree in business administration.

Ed spent the bulk of his career in human resources and labor relations for Cessna and Learjet. He retired from Learjet and later managed a small machine shop, manufacturing aircraft parts.

Today, the Millers are retired. They have two grown children and five grandchildren with another due in October. They look forward to meeting recipients of their scholarship in the coming years, and they also plan to continue growing the endowment to make the awards as robust as possible. One of the guidelines for their scholarship is that it be awarded to students with financial need.

“We’d like to see the scholarship go to a solid student, someone with good potential, but we also think it’s important to help someone who needs a helping hand to succeed,” Trish says.


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