Meagan Miller, daughter of Jonathan and Nora Miller of Montgomery, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.
She received one of 15 scholarships given this year to children of Perdue associates and independent contract farmers. Winners were selected based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community involvement.
Miller will attend University of Southern Indiana to pursue a degree in education. She graduated first in her class from Barr-Reeve High School with a grade-point average of 4.5.
Miller was class treasurer; competed as a member of her school’s math academic team, where she was the Indiana Academic Super Bowl Math area champion one year; and worked part time as a math tutor.
“One job that has meant a lot to me is tutoring and it has taught me so much,” she said. “As I plan on becoming a teacher, it has strengthened the skills I will need in order to teach. These include patience, understanding and empathy. Additionally, it has helped me serve as a role model for younger students. Leadership roles like this are very important to me, and that is why this job has become such a fulfilling opportunity.”
Meagan earned Barr-Reeve High School’s Top of the Class award in her Spanish I, II and III courses and aspires to be a high school Spanish teacher.
“I know that I want to give back and teach Spanish to others,” she said. “In addition to teaching my students the required curriculum, I hope to be a positive influence in their life. It is my goal to help my future students see their full potential when no one else does.”
Meagan wants to study abroad. “As I plan on becoming a Spanish teacher, studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country will help me master the language,” she said. “Additionally, it will provide me with a new perspective as I experience completely new cultures and lifestyles. I believe this will teach me many life lessons and offer unique opportunities.”