Bradley University announces $3M+ gift from alumnus

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Published: Nov. 21, 2023 at 12:56 PM CST
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PEORIA (25News Now) - A $3.66 million gift to Bradley University will be used to help provide scholarships for students who come from Peoria Public Schools.

University spokesperson Libby Derry says the gift was made by the estate of 1962 graduate Gregory Miller, who attended Peoria High School and Bradley in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Miller served the country in the U.S. Coast Guard and finished flight training in 1963 and finished his active service in 1967, according to a release.

He became a commercial airline pilot, flying for National Airlines, Pan American Airlines and Delta Airlines before retiring in 1997.

“The Miller Scholarship Endowment will further enhance opportunities for Peoria Public School graduates to chart their own paths similar to Greg’s, from Peoria, to Bradley and beyond,” said D.J. Menifee, Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing, Communications and Retention at Bradley University. “A scholarship opportunity like this is invaluable to the university as we look to build upon our historically strong ties with the local community and provide opportunities for students who seek a Bradley education.”