Submitted by Cindy Decker
Virginia Teach has named Timothy Miles, a 2015 graduate of Franklin County High School and the recipient of a Smith Mountain Lake Lions Club Scholarship Trust 4-year scholarship, the “2019 Outstanding Senior of the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.”
Miles, a religion and culture major, plans to use his love of the Arabic language and his desire to delve into Middle East cultures to serve with the Peace Corps. In September, he will be posted to Morocco where he will be a youth-in-development specialist. For two years, he will work with women-empowerment initiatives through education and community outreach.
Miles began his studies at Virginia Tech as a math major, but during orientation, met Professor Brian Britt, then-chair of the Department of Religion and Culture. Britt convinced Miles to a do a double major. He eventually decided to major in religion and culture, with minors in Arabic and Middle East studies. After his Peace Corps service, he hopes to work at an embassy as a U.S. Foreign Service officer and earn a law degree and a doctorate in anthropology. Miles’ ultimate goal is to work for the United Nations Higher Council on Refugees.
Miles was one of several returning SML Lions Scholarship recipients that spoke at the club’s 2019 Scholarship Recipient Recognition Night on May 23. He encouraged this year’s scholarship winners to keep an open mind as they start college and not to be afraid to venture into “unchartered waters.”
Since its founding in 1992, the SML Lions Club Scholarship Trust has awarded 144 scholarships totaling $643,000. More than 93% of all Trust scholarship recipients either graduated on time or are on track to graduate. For more information about the Trust, email President Jody Brown at SmlLionsScholarshipTrust@gmail.com