The ISU Legacy Award is given in recognition of a multi-generational family that has shown continued interest in and support of Indiana State University. It was first awarded in 2011 to a family who has a history of attendance at ISU and demonstrates outstanding dedication and service to the vision and mission of the University. Our legacy Award recipients are recognized by their peers during a special ceremony in conjunction with Family Day. Recipients are nominated and selected by alumni, faculty, and friends of the University.
When each of their grandchildren graduated from high school, Carl N. Miller Sr. and his wife, Isa, gave the new graduate a check for $500.
"That was a lot of money back in 1966," recalled Theodora "Teddy" Lenderman of the gift she received. "But they wanted their grandchildren to be successful and get that education."
Those checks became the seed money for what grew into the Miller family legacy of education and achievement, particularly at Indiana State University. Four generations of Millers have attended Indiana State, earning almost 20 degrees. Five other Miller family members also attended Indiana State, either for a semester or summer school.