written by Vince Frieden, associate director, university advancement communication
A significant planned bequest from Nancy Wygant Mills (Miami '52) will support future generations of Miami University students by bolstering the endowment for the Miami Class of 1952 Scholarship.
Mills earned a bachelor’s in education from Miami and went on to earn a master’s from the University of Toledo and a doctor of education in counseling psychology from Indiana University. She finished her career at Bowling Green State University, where she was a full professor in The Counseling Center and acting assistant dean in the College of Health and Community Services. She resides in Perrysburg.
“During my time at Miami, I developed life-long relationships and learned traits like perseverance, responsibility, dedication and loyalty that served me in the workplace for 34 years,” Mills said. “Miami also instilled in me an appreciation of Georgian architecture. I’ve spent time on many college campuses and none can compare with Miami’s beauty. I’m excited to be able to support my class scholarship and to help future generations of Miami students have an experience as valuable and enjoyable as mine.”
Mills celebrated her 60-year class reunion last year and joined hundreds of other Miamians in celebrating a reunion milestone through a gift in honor of their graduating class. Each class scholarship fund is set up as a permanent endowment, ensuring that each class’ legacy has an ongoing impact on future generations of Miami students. In fiscal-year 2013, Miami’s class scholarship program awarded 185 scholarships, totaling $344,560, to 176 students.
“Ms. Mills’ generosity is an inspiring statement about the affinity she holds for her Miami experience, and her support will have a profound and enduring impact on the college dreams of generations of future Miamians,” said Brad Bundy, associate vice president for university advancement. “Supporting her class scholarship through a planned gift enabled Ms. Mills to maximize the level of her support and allow it to touch even more lives.”
Miami's office of gift planning provides professional guidance on bequests and other planning options available to alumni and friends who are considering including Miami in their estate plans. Learn more at www.ForLoveandHonor.org/GiftPlanning.
Mills’ bequest also counts toward The Miami University Campaign For Love and Honor, which as the university’s most successful fundraising campaign has raised more than $470 million in support of Miami’s priorities.