Paige Miller comes home to help community
by Mark Andrews
Sep 04, 2011 | 4912 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paige Miller, executive director at the Etowah Scholarship Foundation, poses near the Etowah River where she enjoys kayaking. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Paige Miller, executive director at the Etowah Scholarship Foundation, poses near the Etowah River where she enjoys kayaking. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
The efforts of Bartow County native Paige Miller can be seen throughout the community, particularly in the funding of a student's academic future.

Serving as executive director at the Etowah Scholarship Foundation, Miller enjoys spending time outdoors and taking in the art and culture Bartow has to offer.

Name: Paige Miller

Occupation: Executive Director at the Etowah Scholarship Foundation

City of residence: I grew up in Bartow County -- fifth grade through high school, went away for college and internship experiences, spent two years in Atlanta, and eight years in New York City before moving back to Cartersville in 2010. I was away for a total of 15 years. My how things have changed.

Family: I am not married ... yet. I seem too intrigued with traveling and seeing the world to have time to think about settling down.

Education: Bachelor's in journalism from Grady College of Journalism at University of Georgia, masters in Strategic Communication from Columbia University in the city of New York.

How long have you worked with the Etowah Scholarship Foundation?

A: I began my role as executive director at the Etowah Scholarship Foundation in April 2010. Prior to that, I worked in business development for several large advertising agencies in New York City and Atlanta.

What drew you to this line of work?

A: After working in corporate America for 10 years -- a business with very little heart, I was hungry for a change of pace. Venturing into the nonprofit sector was a giant breath of fresh air, and one that was very much needed. In a time when the economy is in the gutter, people are out of work and families are struggling to make ends meet, it's nice knowing that my role in the community allows people to better their lives through pursuing their dreams of higher education. Education -- and specifically post-secondary -- opens so many doors for our youth, and the Etowah Scholarship Foundation is here to do just that for the hardworking students in the Cartersville community.

What has been the most rewarding part of your role in Bartow County?

A: Simply put, I love the variety of people I work with on a daily basis. Whether that be getting to know the parents and students who apply and receive scholarships through the foundation, or working with our donors to see that their scholarship dollars are awarded appropriately, or the incredible staff and board members at the foundation. It's the people I meet and hearing their stories of how the Foundation has made a difference in their lives that drives me to wake up every day excited to make a greater impact on the lives of students and families here in Bartow County.

What would you consider your greatest personal or professional achievement?

A: Two things, one personal and one professional: 1. Earning my master's at Columbia while working full-time in New York City. My role in new business was equivalent to two and a half full-time jobs. 2. Increasing the profitability of the foundation in under a year, which allows the foundation to help more students in our area.

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?

A: When I bought my car in 2010, I had not owned or driven a car in 10 years and swore I never would own one again, and then I moved back to Georgia.

Where is your favorite place to be in Bartow County?

A: I love wandering the halls of the Booth Museum, kayaking on the Etowah River or reading on my parents front porch overlooking their pond.

What are three words you would use to describe yourself?

A: Vibrant. Resilient. Adventurous.

If you were not in this line of work, what would you like to do?

A: Become a fictional novelist and move to Andalucia, the southern part of Spain.