Eddie Jack Miller and Bill Olwell Endowment created at ETSU

Eddie Jack Miller

JOHNSON CITY (Sept. 8) — The estate of Eddie Jack Miller has provided funds to create the Eddie J. Miller and William “Bill” J. Olwell Scholarship Endowment at East Tennessee State University.

The nearly $500,000 fund will allow students from Hampton High School to attend ETSU by filling any unmet financial need to defray the cost of attendance.

Miller created the endowment to honor his lifelong friend, Bill Olwell. Miller, a soccer fan and music lover, was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and the debate team during his years at ETSU.

ETSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Bert Bach notes, “We are very grateful to Mr. Miller for his generous gift, which will have a real impact on the lives of students from Hampton. ETSU is extremely appreciative of Mr. Miller’s kindness and his willingness to support the students of this region.”

Miller passed away on Oct. 27, 2014. Born July 6, 1940, Miller was raised in Hampton and graduated from Hampton High School in 1958. He was an accomplished pianist as a teenager and retained a lifelong love of music.

After completing his bachelor’s degree at ETSU, Miller earned a master’s degree in audiology at the University of Tennessee and then pursued doctoral studies at the University of Maryland and the University of Washington in Seattle.

Miller spent his career as an audiologist for the Veterans Administration, retired while living in Washington, D.C. and returned to Johnson City.

Miller also made a bequest to the music department of Hampton High School.

Seniors at Hampton High School and current ETSU students who graduated from Hampton High may apply for the scholarship, which would begin assisting them in the fall 2016 semester.

For further information, contact Kathy Feagins in the ETSU Scholarship Office at 423-439-7094.

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