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The Joe Miller Environmental Scholarship Fund

In Memory of Joe MillerLinda Cowles’ Former Executive Director of Keep Pearland Beautiful had this to say about KPB’s relationship with Joe Miller: “In early 2004, Joe Miller dropped in the Keep Pearland Beautiful office on the 3rd floor of City Hall.  Don’t think he was really looking for us, but since we were old Cub Scout friends, we renewed our acquaintance that day.  Before our visit was over, I invited him to consider joining our board of directors.  He said yes shortly after that invitation, and so was born a dedicated KPB volunteer. Joe Miller immediately got involved with KPB and during his time on the board he was chair of Litter Prevention Committee and founded the Fund Development Committee.  He agreed to serve as President of the KPB board for 2008-2009 and in our last conversation Joe mentioned establishing an environmental scholarship fund for some deserving Pearland kid.  Joe was a wonderful, caring human being who has been greatly missed.”

In the Fall of 2008 the KPB Board of Directors established the scholarship fund in memory of Joe

Andrew Miller (left) and JoAnne Knodel-Miller (right) presented the Joe Miller Environmental Scholarship to Jon-Michael Hensley (2nd left) & James Tuttle (2nd right) at the PHS Senior Awards.

Andrew Miller (left) and JoAnne Knodel-Miller (right) presented the Joe Miller Environmental Scholarship to Jon-Michael Hensley (2nd left) & James Tuttle (2nd right) at the PHS Senior Awards.

Miller this staunch supporter of all environmental programs. Memorial gifts from family and friends donated to KPB  in Joe’s honor provided the start-up funds for the scholarship fund. Students at Pearland High School with an interest in environmental stewardship were eligible to apply for the first scholarships.

The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage and assist worthy Pearland senior students who have demonstrated good stewardship of the environment and who wish to continue their studies at a four year college/university, a two year college, or a trade/technical school.

On May 14, 2009 at the Pearland High School Senior Awards Ceremony, Keep Pearland Beautiful presented the first Joe Miller Environmental Scholarships to James Tuttle and Jon-Michael Hensley.  Each of these students received a $1000 check to use for their higher education expenses.

In 2010 the first friends of Keep Pearland Beautiful fundraiser was held for the scholarship fund.  The Miller Family members (JoAnne Knodel, Andrew Miller and Elizabeth) together with Joe Miller’s poker club friends have been instrumental in success of the now annual event.  Since then the annual “Pocket Pear Texas Hold ‘Em Tourney” has raised monies dedicated to providing scholarships for deserving young environmentalists.  To date $35,000 in scholarships has been awarded.

Congratulations to Jeslyn Daigle, Cassandra Salmons and Naimah Sarwar from Pearland High School for receiving the 2015 Joe Miller Environmental Scholarship! Pictured with them are Andrew and Elizabeth Miller (children of Joe Miller).

Congratulations to Jeslyn Daigle, Cassandra Salmons and Naimah Sarwar from Pearland High School for receiving the 2015 Joe Miller Environmental Scholarship! Pictured with them are Andrew and Elizabeth Miller (children of Joe Miller).

2015 DHS Scholarship Winners

KPB is proud to present Qiwei Li and Sharon Li from Dawson High School for the 2015 Joe Miller Environmental Scholarship! Pictured with them is Elizabeth Miller (daughter of Joe Miller).

Elizabeth Miller (left) and JoAnne Knodel-Miller (right) presented the Joe Miller Environmental Scholarship to Allie Levy  (middle) at the Dawson High School Senior Awards Program.

Elizabeth Miller (left) and JoAnne Knodel-Miller (right) presented the Joe Miller Environmental Scholarship to Allie Levy (middle) at the Dawson High School Senior Awards Program.

JoAnne Knodel-Miller (left) and Elizabeth Miller (right) presented the Joe Miller Environmental Scholarship to Sarah Kim   (middle) at the Dawson High School Senior Awards Program.

JoAnne Knodel-Miller (left) and Elizabeth Miller (right) presented the Joe Miller Environmental Scholarship to Sarah Kim (middle) at the Dawson High School Senior Awards Program.

From left to right, JoAnne Knodel, Matthew Hernandez, Michelle Geng, Vanessa Alejandro, Elizabeth Miller and Andrew Miller the 2011 Joe Miller Environmental Scholarship awardees receive certificates from Keep Pearland Beautiful.

From left to right, JoAnne Knodel, Matthew Hernandez, Michelle Geng, Vanessa Alejandro, Elizabeth Miller and Andrew Miller the 2011 Joe Miller Environmental Scholarship awardees receive certificates from Keep Pearland Beautiful.

2012 Pearland High School Joe Miller Environmental Scholarship winners posing with Elizabeth Miller.  From left to right: Chance Romans, Saydi Wollney,  Elizabeth, and Sean Tran.

2012 Pearland High School Joe Miller Environmental Scholarship winners posing with Elizabeth Miller. From left to right: Chance Romans, Saydi Wollney, Elizabeth, and Sean Tran.

2012 Dawson High School Joe Miller Environmental Scholarship winners posing with Elizabeth Miller.  From left to right: Angela Yang, Elizabeth, Sean Wolff and Andrew Galloway.

2012 Dawson High School Joe Miller Environmental Scholarship winners posing with Elizabeth Miller. From left to right: Angela Yang, Elizabeth, Sean Wolff and Andrew Galloway.

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