New Scholarship Endowment Established to Aid First-Generation Student in Need

KINGSVILLE - November 06, 2016

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Balous and Julie Miller have pledged to establish the Miller Family Dream Scholarship Endowment. 

That endowment will be matched by the university with funds from the Estate of Nadine Arrington to form the Arrington Match-Miller Family Dream Scholarship Endowment. 

Together, these two endowments are valued at $200,000. 

Distributions from these endowments will be used to provide two or more scholarships to full-time students in good standing pursuing a degree at the university. Additional selection criteria include: 

  • First-generation college students
  • Children who have a parent or guardian who is an immigrant to the United States
  • Students who are fluent in both Spanish and English, and
  • Financial need 

Balous Miller said of the endowment, “Julie and I feel fortunate to be able to give back to my alma mater in a meaningful way. Education is the key to success and a powerful tool for further growth and improvement.” 

Brad Walker, CEO and Chief Development Officer for the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation, said, “We are very excited about and grateful for this wonderful gift from Mr. and Mrs. Miller. They are true believers in the youth of South Texas, and believers in the mission of our university. Their scholarship brings those two beliefs together in a beautiful way.” 

About Balous and Julie Miller

Miller and his wife, Julie, have two children and live in San Antonio. Balous Miller is the CEO and President of Bill Miller Bar-B-Q. Bill Miller Bar-B-Q operates 76 restaurants located in San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi. Miller is a 1966 graduate of Texas A&I, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education. 

He is a member of the Javelina Club and President’s Circle. He has been named Outstanding Restaurateur of San Antonio and Outstanding Restaurateur of Texas. Miller has been inducted in the Texas Restaurant Association Hall of Honors and has earned recognition for his business endeavors and philanthropy. 

A dedicated community leader, Miller and his family were recognized as the first family in San Antonio to contribute the total amount needed for the construction of a Habitat for Humanity home in San Antonio. He donated nine acres of the 11-acre University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus. The campus’ green area is named The Bill Miller Plaza. Miller has also funded San Antonio’s Mama Patrol Program—a safety patrol that ensures students can cross the street safely before and after school. 

About Nadine Arrington and the Arrington Match

Nadine Rucker was part of the Class of 1946 of the Texas College of Arts and Industries—now Texas A&M University-Kingsville. 

She was an active student, serving terms as president of the Beta Gamma Sorority, the Pot ‘O Gold club, and the B.B.A. Club. The El Rancho university yearbook said that she “…maintained her gracious poise on all occasions…Kingsville claims this lovely senior with the invigorating smile.” 

Rucker would become Nadine Arrington, and later work in Washington, D.C. as Chief Clerk of the United States Senate Committee of Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for more than 20 years. She passed away in February 2009, with a lasting dedication to her country and her alma mater. 

The Arrington Match has made a significant impact on Texas A&M University-Kingsville. 

The Match, presented to the university through the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation, started as a $1.3 million gift from alumna Nadine Arrington, who passed away in 2009. The Arrington Match used $1 million of that gift as endowed funds and allowed Foundation donors to have their gift matched, as long as the gifts were designated as either new faculty endowments or new scholarship endowments. 

The result? That $1 million was matched in a year’s time, resulting in six new faculty endowments, 10 new scholarship endowments, and two endowments supporting academic programs. 

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