Campus: CSU, Long Beach -- February 29, 2000

Miller picOrange County Attorney, Alumnus of Cal State Long Beach Donates $250,000 to the University's President's Scholars Program

Thomas E. Miller, a prominent Orange County attorney and alumnus of Cal State Long Beach, has donated $250,000 to the university's President's Scholars Program, announced CSULB President Robert C. Maxson.

Miller, who graduated magna cum laude from CSULB in 1970, presented Maxson with a check in a special ceremony at the campus' President's Scholars Center. As a result of the generous gift, the center has been renamed in Miller's honor.

"Cal State Long Beach has been very good to me and my family," said Miller, whose brother also attended CSULB. "This gift is from all of us, including my parents. It is our opportunity to give something back to a fine institution, of which we have such fond memories.

"With its focus on academics, the President's Scholars Program lent itself perfectly to this gift," he explained. "I have watched how the program has evolved over the last couple of years. It is a tremendous program for this institution, and I take great pride and pleasure at being a part of its continued success."

Miller is CEO, president and senior partner of The Miller Law Firm with offices in Newport Beach, Ventura and San Francisco. The firm specializes in construction defect and land subsidence cases, and since 1981, it has collected more than $300 million in awards on behalf of California homeowner associations.

In spite of his busy law practice, Miller has managed to remain active with the university. In fact, his efforts on behalf of the university earned him CSULB's 1995 Alumnus of the Year Award.

Miller is a member of the President's Associates executive board and is a former chair of the campus' Orange County Pyramid Club. He has developed and instructs a course titled "California Construction Defect Law for Community Associations," which is taught through CSULB's University College and Extension Services.

"Funding for the President's Scholars Program comes primarily from private donations," President Maxson explained. "So, it goes without saying that this program exists because of the unselfish benevolence of people such as Tom Miller and his family."

Established by Maxson in 1995, the President's Scholars Program was created to attract valedictorians and National Merit finalists from California high schools to Cal State Long Beach. The program is the centerpiece of the campus' efforts to make CSULB one of the nation's leading urban universities and a university of choice for the state's best and brightest high school graduates.

Currently, there are 308 students participating in the President's Scholars Program. As President's Scholars, students receive full payment of their tuition and general student fees, a book allowance and housing costs in the campus' residence halls for four years.

The CSULB President's Scholars Program has been a model for similar programs at other CSU campuses, and it has caught the attention of graduating students up and down the state of California. The proof is in the numbers.

According to Maxson, there will be approximately 70 President's Scholars openings for next fall's incoming freshmen class, and to date, more than 400 of the state's valedictorians and National Merit scholars have applied for those 70 slots.

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