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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s on-campus concert will benefit Chancellor’s Scholarship

Steve Miller will hold a concert at Memorial Union to benefit the Chancellor’s Scholarship.

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Steve Miller, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a former UW-Madison student, is coming back to campus — for a good cause.

Miller, who rose to prominence in the 1960s as the frontman of the Steve Miller Band, will perform a concert that will benefit the Chancellor’s Scholarship Program, which provides financial aid to highly qualified students from underrepresented groups.

The show will take place Oct. 20 at Memorial Union’s Shannon Hall. The proceeds from the ticket sales, as well as other donations, will be given to the scholarship program.

The scholarship provides full tuition and a book stipend and students continue to receive funding all four years of college as long as they maintain a GPA above a 3.0 and actively participate in on-campus activities.

For students like Joann Huynh, a senior, the Chancellor’s Scholarship made attending a premier college a possibility. Huynh says “all that [she’s] accomplished during [her] college career … was made possible by the Chancellor’s Scholarship Program.”

“The value of the Chancellor’s Scholarship Program goes beyond making college affordable,” Huynh said. “It’s made college more accessible in helping me transition into higher education as a first-generation college student through additional advising services and an inclusive space that challenges me to be both a better student and individual.”

Huynh, a first-generation college student of Vietnamese descent, said the value of the scholarship is its uniquely personal touch.

“The program staff genuinely invest in each individual, making each of us feel less like an ID number and more like a scholar,” Huynh said.

Students and community members who want to support the program can buy tickets for Miller’s concert online starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Starting Thursday, tickets will be available by phone at 265-ARTS and at the Memorial Union box office.

Miller is a Milwaukee native and came to Madison, where he launched his musical career, in the 1960s. The concert was made possible by two university donors who hoped to bring Miller back to campus and provide funding for UW-Madison students’ education in the process, according to a university release.

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