Milton L. Beard, of Tampa, Florida was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. Milton was an Alumni of Southern University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the School of Business in June, 1970. He was devoted to the Southern University Jaguars.

Throughout his life, Milton exhibited a spirit of excellence in all endeavors. Over his career he worked for many companies: McDonnell Douglas, Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies. He retired to Florida with his wife Cynthia in 1999. He was an advocate of higher education and mentored many family and friends along that path. Milton was devoted to family where he spent much time.

His family wishes to carry on his legacy and light by establishing the Milton L. Beard Memorial Scholarship Fund via Southern University System Foundation.