Student Wins Dr. Nancy D. Joyner Spirit Award

Senior wins award while studying in Washington, D.C.

Megan Miller ’21 won the Dr. Nancy D. Joyner Spirit Award from the Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS) program during the Fall 2020 semester.

Miller was nominated for the award by both her peers and LCWS staff members based on her enthusiasm for program activities. She attended every program event during the Fall 2020 semester, a level of engagement matched by only a handful of her peers.

“Megan was a delight to work with,” said Dr. Douglas E. Clark, dean and executive director of LCWS. “She took full advantage of her time in the program to experience all that D.C. has to offer despite the challenges of the pandemic. She was always positive and set examples for her peers through her own enthusiasm and creative engagement.”

Miller, who is majoring in political science with minors in international affairs and interfaith studies at Concordia, interned with the Office of the Attorney General of the District of Columbia during her time with LCWS.

“I am beyond thankful for my semester spent in D.C. and all those who made it an amazing and memorable time,” Miller said. “Although COVID took away some of the chances I was excited about, I am glad I had the opportunity to partake in this life-changing experience!” 

The award is named for dean emerita, Dr. Nancy D. Joyner, who was the first and longest-serving dean in the history of LCWS. Joyner was the heart and soul of the LCWS program for 25 years, enthusiastically welcoming countless students to the nation’s capital every semester.

Read A Semester Away During a Pandemic, a blog post Miller wrote about her experiences in Washington.