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Desire Miller

CPS student excels as change agent and scholarship winner

Posted: 09/19/2013
Psychology Major Desire Miller is a true success story in the Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies.

Miller, 33, recently received the prestigious Mittie, Moselynne and Dempsey J. Travis scholarship based on an impressive record of academic excellence, a fervent commitment to social justice and volunteer service as a Roosevelt University student.

Miller, who came to Chicago from her native Belize at 11 years of age, believes in standing up for the less fortunate. She currently is a permanent resident and will become a U.S. citizen in the very near future.

“When I get my degree I hope to help in the fight against drug addiction, crime and disparity and I believe that I can be an advocate who is not afraid to reach down and pull my community up one person at a time,” said Miller, a resident of Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood.

Miller, who hopes to graduate in 2016, has been a volunteer with the CARA, a job readiness program for disadvantaged adults in Chicago. She also collects clothing and medical supplies for the needy in Belize.  She hopes to work in the non-profit sector for organizations helping women, children and immigrants after graduation.

“Desire is one of the most justice-oriented students I have taught at Roosevelt,” added Laura Evans, professor of organizational leadership. “She is an intelligent, inquisitive and learning-motivated student who already is a change agent and community activist.”

Miller, who is minoring in criminal justice, is among 17 Roosevelt students who have been awarded scholarships by the Travis Foundation.