Niche College Scholarship

Edward D and Patricia K Miller Scholarship Fund

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Scholarship Description

The Edward D. and Patricia K. Miller Scholarship Fund was established in 2022 by Eddie's family. Our mission is to honor Eddie's legacy at Boston College and his love for his hometown of Dorchester and longtime residence of Milton, MA by awarding scholarships to Boston College students from Milton and Boston.

Eddie graduated from English High School in Boston, where he starred in baseball, hockey and football. He came to Boston College in the fall of 1953 on the G.I. Bill after joining the Marine Corps and serving in the First Marine Division in the Korean War. In July of 1955, when Eddie was working a construction job and playing in the Boston Park League, he was stricken by the polio virus. He spent the next 10 months in the Veterans’ Hospital in Boston, keeping up with his course work at Boston College until he could return to campus in May of 1956. His unbridled optimism and fierce determination would let nothing stand in his way. Eddie was elected president of his senior class and he spearheaded the student fundraising effort to build Alumni Stadium. Eddie was quickly promoted to Sports Information Director (SID) and, within just a few years, was considered one of the top SIDs in the country. Eddie spent his entire career working for Boston College and he could hardly have loved his work more, both in athletics and later as the university’s spokesperson. Eddie received his MBA from BC in 1967, writing his thesis on Title IX. In 1990 he earned his doctorate in administration of higher education, writing his dissertation entitled Fulfilling a Mission: Profiles of Outstanding Student Athletes at Boston College on the role a Jesuit education played in the formation of BC’s student-athletes across several decades from NBA All Star, Michael Adams, to Doug Flutie.

Eddie’s numerous awards and recognitions included being inducted into the Boston College Athletics Hall of Fame and the Park League Hall of Fame, as well as the Sports Information Director Award from the All-American Football Foundation, the Press Box Award from the New England Writers, among many others. It wasn’t awards that made Eddie so special though – it was his undeniable charisma, his irrepressible spirit, his courage and determination, his boundless love for Boston College and the Society of Jesus and, above all, his unconditional love for and devotion to his family. In 2023, the Scholarship Fund will present its first award to an incoming Boston College Student who best exhibits the characteristics of good sportsmanship and Jesuit values for which Eddie was so well-known and loved.

All applicants are required to meet the following criteria before applying for the scholarship:

Be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551. Be a permanent resident (5 or more consecutive years) of and have a permanent Milton, MA or Boston, MA address (including Dorchester, MA and other neighborhoods of Boston) Interested or participated in athletics Have been accepted to Boston College undergraduate program.

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