Miller, who passed away on Sept. 15 at the age of 43 after struggling with bipolar depression for years, graduated from the university’s department of Radio-Television-Film (RTF) at the Moody College of Communication. As his sister, Megan Hubbell, shared with UTA, his family has established a permanent scholarship endowment at the college in his memory. Called the William Jon Miller II “Billy Miller” Memorial Scholarship, the funds will help students in the RTF program with financial need. “We want something positive to be held in his name in perpetuity through the University he loved,” Hubbell said. “He would be honored to know that even in death, he can help someone else realize their dreams.”
Known for his daytime roles as ALL MY CHILDREN’s Richie, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Billy, and GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Drew, Miller began in UT’s zoology program before switching to RTF, where he was one of just 20 students at the time accepted into the department’s prestigious production-sequence program. BJ, as Miller was called by his family and close friends, was extremely proud to be a Texas Longhorn, according to his sister. “The time he spent at UT allowed him the space to explore who he wanted to be and what he wanted to accomplish.”
In addition to establishing the scholarship in his memory, Miller’s family is encouraging people to take stock of their own mental health. “BJ would want anyone struggling with intrusive thoughts to seek professional help,” his sister shared. “Do not suffer in silence or try to muscle through on your own. Shame has no place in the discussion to seek help.”
You can donate here if you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund in Miller’s memory.