THE BARBARA SCHIPS MILLER SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Barbara Schips Miller Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 by her husband Murray, her daughters Bridget and Amy, and her son-in-law Jimmy. It was designed to honor Barbara's years of passion for and tireless dedication to the students and families of the Concord-Carlisle School System. Her family wanted to pay tribute to the remarkable and exceptional woman whom they love.
Barbara was born in Munich, Germany, the daughter of Holocaust survivors. When she was only a year old, her parents immigrated to Montreal, Canada, where she spent her formative years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in 1968, after finding her passion in the field of psychology. She then earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from McGill in 1973, and defended her thesis long-distance from Brookline, Massachusetts. Upon graduating, she was selected as the psychologist for Concord Public Schools, a position she held until 1987. In addition, she became the school psychologist for the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District, covering both areas for six years. In 1987 she made her final transition to Concord Middle School, concluding her work in the first and only school system she would serve in her distinguished career.
In the ensuing years, Barbara established herself as a gifted and compassionate psychologist, wife, mother, and friend. In addition to providing maternal support to her two daughters, she provided mentoring support to Tufts University graduate students pursuing degrees in the field of psychology. In 1998 she also was appointed as the Chairperson of the Special Education Department. In 2003, her home state honored her achievements by naming her as the Massachusetts School Psychologist of the Year. Shortly thereafter, she was named the President of the Massachusetts School Psychology Association (MSPA).
In keeping with Barbara's passion and enthusiasm for her field, this scholarship is awarded to a worthy graduating Concord-Carlisle High School senior who has demonstrated academic ability and who has a strong interest in pursuing studies in the field of psychology or its allied sciences. Her family feels that this scholarship is an appropriate way to show Barbara how much she is respected, admired, and loved by her family, friends, and peers. She left a lasting impression on the students and parents of Concord and Carlisle for over 35 years, and this Fund will ensure her legacy will continue for decades to come. Her family hopes that Barbara's past students and future scholarship recipients will accomplish as successful and rewarding a career and life as she established for herself.