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Drs. Darvin L. and Marge M. Miller

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Darvin L. Miller was born on a farm located in Marion, ND, and received his elementary and secondary education in Marion. During those years, he and his family attended Grace Evangelical Church, and he was active in the youth fellowship. Following graduation from high school, he decided to enter the Christian ministry and attended Westmar College (Le Mars, IA) a former EUB college, for his Bachelor of Arts degree. After earning his undergraduate degree, he enrolled at Evangelical Theological Seminary (Naperville, IL) and earned his Bachelor of Divinity degree.

Dr. Miller was ordained an Elder in the Dakota Conference of the EUB Church in May 1955. He served EUB and Methodist churches in the Midwest for fifteen years. During this period, he completed an MPS degree in counseling psychology at the University of Colorado (Boulder). Sensing the call to work with young adults, Dr. Miller was recruited by Taylor University (a former Methodist college) as a professor of psychology and head of the psychology department. During those years at Taylor, he completed his doctorate in counseling psychology with cognates in educational psychology and special education. He later completed post-doctoral studies in the education of handicapped students at the University of Minnesota.

Marge Mitchell Miller was born in Iron River, WI, and grew up in the small community of Aneta, ND where she and her family were active in the nondenominational Aneta Community Church. At age 15, Dr. Miller became the church’s pianist. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and music at Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and her Master of Arts degree and Doctoral degree at Ball State University (Muncie, IN).

The Millers have established the Darvin and Marge Miller Early Healthcare Intervention Endowed Scholarship at Africa University. The most important consideration in their decision to establish a scholarship was how well it related to the most important work of their careers: early intervention in the lives of young children with special needs so they may realize life’s fulfillment.

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