A life lived like no other

Nancy Cottrell leaves a legacy to the community and the University

Nany Cottrell

For many years, Nancy Cottrell was a devoted public servant and a community advocate. But just as importantly, she also was a philanthropist. This was evident throughout her life and even now in her passing.
In December, Ms. Cottrell’s estate left a generous gift of $149,563 to her scholarship fund at Miami University. Mrs. Cottrell and her husband, Robert, established the Nancy Sohngen Cottrell Scholar Leader Award in 1991 to recognize and reward highly qualified students who demonstrate both leadership and scholarship while attending Miami Hamilton. This award inspires and supports student leaders while in school and beyond. 

It was an extension of her already full and generous life. A wife, mother and graduate of Miami University, Mrs. Cottrell was active in her Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, served on the Miami Alumni Council, as well as the board of trustees of the Butler County Children's Home and was a deacon and elder at The Presbyterian Church. She was honored by Miami University in 1981 with the prestigious Bishop medal for meritorious public service.

Her final act of generosity is just another example of Cottrell’s service to her alma mater and its students. The Miami Regionals community is profoundly grateful for the exceptional legacy that she has left behind.

Interested in impacting the life of a student through giving? Consider establishing an endowed scholarship or engaging in legacy planning to further catalyze your philanthropy to Miami University.