David Hummel Miller was a phenomenal man. He had a passion for Africa, a passion that forged positive relationships between the United States and Africa. This is a brief snapshot of his life.
He was born in Ohio and grew up in Michigan. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from George Washington University and a Masters degree in Business Administration, with a concentration on finance, from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Mr. Miller always possessed an affinity and closeness to the continent of Africa. Over his lifetime, he served in numerous positions associated with organizations concentrating on serving and assisting African countries. His early career included serving as the Desk Officer for South Africa, Angola and Namibia at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Mr. Miller also was a Senior Associate for Africa at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) where he led over 140 American companies on investment missions to 16 African countries. He founded the Corporate Council on Africa and served as its first Executive Director from May 1993 to June 1999. The Corporate Council on Africa advised more than 210 corporate and individual members on trade and investment in Africa. David Miller finished his career as the Managing Partner of AfricaGlobal, an international investment and trade-consulting firm that provides services for U.S. and international clients.
Regrettably, David Miller died in February 2004 after a brave battle with cancer at the age of 39 leaving his wife, Kyung and three young children. He was an enthusiastic and supportive member of the Chris Nedelcovych Soccer Foundation, and served as a Founding Member and Director. He gave freely of his time and energy to ensure the success of CNSF goals and the mission of “Youth Coaching Youth”. David believed that participation in the CNSF Camp should be extended to an international African student for a positive learning experience and cultural exchange opportunity amongst all young coaches.
In honor of David, The Chris Nedelcovych Soccer Foundation is proud to establish an annual scholarship for a young coach living in Africa in the name of David H. Miller. Each year, the CNSF will provide round trip air transportation, all room, board, and tuition for the entire week for the selected candidate. The candidate can apply directly to the CNSF through the two part application found in the Forms section. The application is in two parts. In the first part, the candidate briefly states why they are interested in coaching. The second part requires a letter of recommendation from a coach or club administrator.
Pictured at right is Mohamed Diara, the first recipient of the David Miller Memorial Scholarship. Mohamed was selected with the help of Mali's Minister of Sports. He is the captain of the youth team in Sansanding, a commune near Markala in the Segou Province.