The legacy of Nolan and Richard Miller’s endowment is still growing. In 2018, the Yellow Springs Community Foundation added Encore Miller Fellowships to the already existing Student Miller Fellowships. These new roles are based on the national Encore program, which seeks to engage those in midlife and beyond to use their life and work experience to make a positive social impact on communities. This expansion of the fellowships also fits the Miller brothers’ desire for their legacy to recognize local nonprofit organizations and their importance to the community, such as the support the Yellow Springs Senior Center gave to them in their later lives.
The Encore Miller Fellows will identify specific projects and initiatives as their work takes shape. These new positions are a result of further innovation on the part of the Yellow Spring Community Foundation to implement the Miller brothers’ legacy. They are an expanded benefit to Antioch College, its students, and the Yellow Springs community and nonprofit organizations. It is a vision of collaboration and service, of bridging the gap between generations, and of bringing students and community together
The Encore Miller Fellows work with the Student Miller Fellows to provide seasoned support when it is useful to enhance the students’ experiences and their contributions to the organizations they work for. The Encore Fellows also foster collaborative opportunities between local nonprofit organizations and Antioch College, building on Antioch’s areas of practice: environmental sustainability; deliberative democracy, diversity, & social justice; creative & story; well-being; and work, world, & resilient communities.