As part of the commemoration of its 70th Anniversary, Miller, Miller & Canby has established a scholarship to be awarded annually to students from Richard Montgomery High School who will attend Montgomery College. The Scholarship will provide up to $5,000 per year for tuition and fees and is renewable for a second year. The Scholarship recognizes Miller, Miller & Canby’s long history of service to the Montgomery County community as well as its presence in Rockville where it has maintained its offices for its entire history.
The firm chose to award the Scholarship to students who will be attending Montgomery College because, like Miller, Miller & Canby, Montgomery College has been a part of the fabric of Montgomery County, providing affordable college level educational opportunities to residents. Indeed, Montgomery College is also celebrating its 70th year, and Miller, Miller & Canby has been privileged to provide legal representation to the College throughout that period. By providing this scholarship for students to attend Montgomery College, the firm recognizes the importance of the College’s mission, becoming a partner in this small way to support that mission.
Richard Montgomery High School was selected because the school shares a similar place within the growth of the City of Rockville. Richard Montgomery High School is located just a few hundred yards from Miller, Miller & Canby’s offices. For those who have toured the reconstructed school building, a replica of the brick façade of the original school was incorporated into the interior of the building in the location of the school’s original site. Indeed, it was the original “Rockville High School.” In that sense, Richard Montgomery and Miller, Miller & Canby have been long-time neighbors in Rockville.
The Scholarship is awarded to students whose record of academic performance and community involvement reflect both the ability and commitment to succeed. By the same token, the firm hopes the Scholarship will provide an opportunity to academically deserving students who, because of personal circumstances, might otherwise have difficulty financing their attendance at Montgomery College.
In the inaugural year of this Scholarship, Miller, Miller & Canby is recognizing two students, Luis Orellana and Emely Amaya, who will share the award this year. Luis Orellana excelled academically, taking a rigorous coursework of Advanced and Honor level courses throughout his four years at Richard Montgomery. In addition to his classwork, Luis was involved in RMHS Student government, was a member of the National Honor Society and participated in school athletics, as a member of the football team and Captain of the wrestling team. At the same time, Luis maintained a part-time job, working 25 hours a week, to provide needed financial assistance to his mother to help make ends meet. Luis’ work ethic, record of accomplishment and his potential did not go unnoticed, as he was nominated by the RMHS faculty for, and has been awarded, a Montgomery College Board of Trustees’ scholarship.
A portion of the inaugural scholarship award is also going to Emely Amaya. Emely maintained a rigorous coursework of Advanced, Honors and Certificate of Merit. Emely, who watched her mother struggle to raise her and her brother, found motivation from her mother’s support and influence to take advantage of the privilege of her education, and to appreciate the opportunities that pursuing that education holds for her. Emely’s desire is to become a nurse and, as one of her counselor’s commented, that comes as no surprise because “she cares deeply about others, most of the time she puts others’ needs before her own.”
The Scholarships were announced and awarded to Luis and Emely by Miller, Miller & Canby partners, Robert Gough and Joseph Suntum, at the Richard Montgomery Award Ceremony held on May 19th.