Miller Perez Family Scholarship Fund
Latinos Progresando (LP) is a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of immigrants and their families. For more than 20 years, Latinos Progresando has delivered high quality information and resources for people to build secure, healthy and productive lives through immigration legal services, tuition assistance, coalition building, arts and culture programming, and more.
Formerly known as the Dr. Angela Perez Miller Scholarship Fund, the Miller-Perez Family Scholarship Fund honors Dion Miller Perez, his mother Dr. Angela Perez Miller, and their families.
When the scholarship originated, Latinos Progresando worked alongside Dion to name it in his mother’s honor. Dr. Perez Miller's parents emigrated from Mexico to the U.S. in the 1920s and settled in Chicago’s southwest side. After obtaining two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Dr. Perez Miller served as a teacher and administrator for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). For more than 30 years, Dr. Perez Miller educated youth in Pilsen and Little Village, advocated for increased bilingual education classes in CPS schools, and demanded increased assistance and resources for Latino children, particularly those with special needs. After retiring from CPS, Dr. Perez Miller taught bilingual education and educational policy classes at UIC and DePaul University.
Dion Miller Perez passed suddenly in the summer of 2018--a family man, Dion lived a life of public service, with deep involvement in Chicago Public Schools, local politics and community organizations, including LP.
In Dion’s honor, beginning with the class of 2020, the scholarship fund will henceforth be known as the Miller-Perez Family Scholarship Fund.