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Education a top priority for Sterling Scholar sponsor Gail Miller

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Gail Miller talks about her new book and embracing her role as a woman in business during an interview at her office in Sandy on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. She is a strong supporter of the Sterling Scholars program

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Gail Miller didn’t hesitate to become a sponsor of the Sterling Scholar Awards.

“They were readily responsive when we went to them and made a proposal,” Gary Porter, senior vice president of Deseret Management Corporation, said of Miller’s Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation.

Miller was “enthusiastically supportive” and offered to sponsor the program for several years.

“It wasn’t just a one-time commitment. It was a multiyear commitment,” Porter said. “They were strongly committed enough to do that.”

Education is a top priority for Miller and her family foundation.

“The Millers have a great interest in education, which I really honor and respect Gail for. She’s a marvelous leader,” Porter said. “They were kind enough to step up and say, ‘We’ll be your partner,’ and they have been a wonderful partner.”

The Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation “formed in 2007 to allow the philanthropic spirit, established by Larry and Gail within their businesses, to continue for generations to come,” according to the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies website.

“Gail and Larry created a strong legacy of giving back to the communities in which they do business,” the Sterling Scholar website states.

So much so that the Sterling Scholar Awards ceremony has included a Gail Miller Community Service Award, honoring a student for exceptional community service efforts.

“The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies has a legacy of ‘going about doing good until there’s too much good in the world,’” the group’s website states. “We believe by giving, working, and serving in our communities, we enrich our lives and the lives of others.”