June 2, 2019
PRESS Release: 2019 Safiya and Daren Miller No Boundaries Scholarship Recipients
The MIMS Institute Fellows, Inc. has the privilege of announcing the 2019 Safiya and Daren Miller No BoundariesScholarship Recipients. They are:
Deziree Guerra, Top Ten, Sam Houston High Class of 2019/University of San Diego '23;
Sophie Zertuche, Top Ten, Sam Houston High Class of 2019/Trinity University '23; and
Isaiah Camarillo, Highlands High Class of 2019/Schreiner University '23.
Deziree, Sophie, and Isaiah will receive an American Express card, providing each with $2,000 to support their First Year of Studies journey.
Kindness Matters! All three have shared acts of Kindness that "inspire and nurture the Human Spirit." They will do even more now as high school graduates/college students!
Each recipient has helped change the landscape on San Antonio's Eastside by demonstrating Academic Excellence and Kindness while students in SAISD high schools. Desiree graduates as Student Council President, leader on the award-winning Hurricane Cheerleaders, and Most Valuable Player on the Lady Hurricanes Soccer Team. Sophie, a transfer from Incarnate Word High School, led the Hurricane Academic Decathlon Team to the Texas State Academic Decathlon Competition during her two years at Sam Houston. While pursuing his passion for Mariachi, Isaiah--who lives a block from St. Phillip's College--is helping to rewrite the narrative for Eastside students that includes "We can go to amazing colleges and universities!"
About the Safiya and Daren Miller No Boundaries Scholarship
Safiya Miller (Harvard '09/Cornell MBA) and her brother, Daren (Duke '12), are from St. Petersburg, FL. Safiya works for Microsoft and Daren works for Google. Their annual generous donations since 2012 (matched by their employers) inspire and nurture the Human Spirit. Inspired by their Kindness, two Notre Dame alumni also helped make this a record year for recognizing Academic Excellence in urban ZIP codes!
Excerpts from a 2016 Interview with Safiya Miller
How do you pay it forward within your community?
I pay it forward within my community by giving back through the Safiya & Daren Miller No Boundaries Scholarship. The MIMS Institute Fellows Inc. serves as our administrator, and the scholarship was initiated after my brother, Daren Miller, graduated from Duke University in May 2012. After serving with the Crimson Summer Academy at Harvard for 3 years, I vowed after graduation to not wait until “I make it” to start giving back. I believe to whom much is given, much is required, and I pay it forward within my community by emphasizing the importance of empowerment through education.
Our scholarship honors young people that dare to dream big and pursue America’s best post-secondary opportunities. Daren and I both graduated from the St. Petersburg International Baccalaureate Program in St. Petersburg, Florida, and always encourage students to: 1) step out of their comfort zone and 2) remember there are no boundaries to what you can achieve in life.
Over the Years - Beneficiaries of the Safiya & Daren Miller No Boundaries Scholarship Program