October 14, 2013 – Scottsdale, AZ
The Miller Group announced its sixth annual Rudy R. Miller Business – Finance Scholarship has been awarded to Jerad E. McDaniel, an Arizona State University (ASU) student pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. Mr. Miller, Chairman, President and CEO of the affiliated group of Miller entities, originated the scholarship in 2008 to express his and his firm’s support of Arizona State University, in particular the W. P. Carey School of Business, and to encourage and recognize academic excellence in outstanding students. The Rudy R. Miller Business – Finance Scholarship is determined by merit and awarded annually to a Junior or Senior pursuing a degree in Finance or Business Administration at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business.
The 2013 recipient, Jerad E. McDaniel, is a Senior attending ASU. Mr. McDaniel is working hard to become the first generation in his family to achieve a Bachelor’s Degree. In addition to maintaining an outstanding grade point average, Mr. McDaniel serves as Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps Reserves (“USMC”). Through the USMC, Mr. McDaniel’s leadership skills have developed and he strives to lead by example, actively listening, and earning trust and respect. Mr. McDaniel joined the USMC in order to give back to his community, the state and the nation. His community involvement includes overseeing and facilitating several Toys for Tots events through the USMC benefiting local families in need. Mr. McDaniel also volunteers for the Boys and Girls Club in Tempe, Arizona while working 25 hours per week as a Mortgage Specialist at JP Morgan Chase.
Rudy R. Miller stated, “We are very pleased to honor Jerad McDaniel as our sixth annual Rudy R. Miller Business – Finance Scholarship recipient. Jerad was carefully selected among a group of exceptional applicants for his academic achievements, hard work and commitment to his country. As a former member of the military myself, I am extremely proud of the praiseworthy qualities Jerad has displayed, and we value at The Miller Group.”
Thomas Bates, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Finance of the ASU W. P. Carey School of Business, commented, “Jerad McDaniel is an outstanding student with an exemplary work ethic and an outstanding record of service to his country and community. I applaud Rudy Miller and The Miller Group for their recognition and financial support of our best and most deserving students.”
To honor Mr. McDaniel as the 2013 scholarship recipient, The Miller Group’s Senior Executives hosted a Boardroom luncheon attended by W. P. Carey School of Business representatives Thomas Bates, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Finance; Jeanne Elliott, Business Relations Coordinator; Ashleigh Leite, Assistant Director, Development; Andrea Reed-Myers, Coordinator, Development; and Rodd Miller, guest. During the luncheon at The Miller Group’s headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, Rudy R. Miller presented a plaque and scholarship award to Mr. McDaniel.
Recipients of the Rudy R. Miller Business – Finance Scholarship are chosen by the Executives of The Miller Group from a select group of W. P. Carey School of Business students pre-screened by the ASU scholarship program office. In the initial application process, students must provide their academic and employment information, their resume and answers to three essay questions based on leadership, career/educational goals, and why the student feels he/she wants and deserves the scholarship. Top candidates are then interviewed by Executives of The Miller Group.
In conclusion, Rudy R. Miller remarked, “Our firm’s relationship and history of involvement with Arizona State University’s educational and athletic programs continue to grow with the annual awarding of the Rudy R. Miller Business – Finance Scholarship. With its standard for excellence, ASU is a renowned academic institution and our firm is proud to be an active supporter of the University and its students.”