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Dr. Milton R. Liverman Scholarship

Former Suffolk Public Schools superintendent, Dr. Milton Liverman, will forever help Suffolk students pay for college thanks to a scholarship fund his wife Shirley established in his name.

Dr. Milton Liverman was a former Suffolk Public Schools superintendent who dedicated 36 years to education in Suffolk. He started as a high school math teacher and then led the school division as superintendent for 10 years. He was named a regional Superintendent of the Year in 2006.

When Milton passed away in February 2017, his wife Shirley established the Dr. Milton R. Liverman Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to “keep a memory of him” and honor his love of children and education. As superintendent, “every decision he made was based on how it would impact the students,” says Shirley. 

The Livermans were partners in life and ministry. As educators, they retired at the same time in 2010 and became ministers together. They founded 4 HZ GLORY MINISTRY, which Shirley continues today. They also enjoyed traveling. Hilton Head, SC was one of their favorite destinations. The Livermans were generous supporters of their church and its missions plus several nonprofits, including Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and The Genieve Shelter.

Although Milton was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer shortly after retirement, “he didn’t look like what he was going through,” Shirley says. “He had hope even when the doctors didn’t give him hope. He never complained.”

Milton was only given six months to live after his initial diagnosis, but he went on to live for six more years. “I prayed for a miracle [during his illness], but we were already living the miracle for six years,” says Shirley. 

“Milton loved God, his family, his career and his community,” Shirley says. “He loved life.” That’s a legacy of love that will continue on forever. 

The Dr. Milton R. Liverman Scholarship Fund helps graduating high school seniors from Suffolk Public Schools pay for college. It is among more than 80 scholarship funds administered by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.



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