2014 Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women Program
In 2014 Linda Lael Miller will award $10,000 in scholarships to women who are pursuing their goals of improving their lot in life through education and who applied by the August 29, 2014 deadline to enter. Approximately 1,600 women submitted applications by that date. Finalists will be notified on or before October 31, 2014, and the winners will be announced on or before December 15, 2014.
For more information about the program, email Nancy Berland Public Relations at LLMScholarships@NancyBerland.com
or call 1-800-308-3169.
Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women Program Overview
Since 2001, through her scholarship program, #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller has awarded more than $125,000 in grants to women age 25 and older who have experienced barriers to achieving their educational goals.
“If you’re a high school senior, the process of applying for scholarships is daunting and laborious,” says Miller. “But if you’re a woman 25 years old—or older—supporting yourself and perhaps some kids, maybe taking care of your parents. Bills to pay, gas to buy, groceries to put on the table, some life’s mistakes under your belt, the process of finding funds for your college education can be daunting, frustrating and discouraging. You are the women—non-traditional students—I’m eager to help with my scholarship program.”
Unlike most scholarships, Linda Lael Miller’s grants may be used not only for tuition, educational fees and books, but also for child care, transportation and other expenses. They will not be awarded to cover day-to-day expenses, such as rent, utilities, groceries and medical care or to pay off student loans.
In the 2014 program, an applicant must be a legal resident of the U.S. or Canada and attending or enrolled to attend, a U.S. or Canadian college or university. Applicants were required to submit an essay or 500 words or less that included information on why the student is applying for a scholarship, how achieving her educational goals will enhance her and her family’s future, the specific purpose for the funds and the dollar amount requested. The maximum grant will be $1,000 per winner.
Past winners have included single and married parents, women overcoming domestic violence, those coping with disabilities or the disabilities of family members, older students who needed to upgrade their job skills and dreamed of starting their own businesses and women conquering their own early life struggles.
“What all these women have in common is hope, persistence and a commitment to a better life for themselves and their families,” says Miller. “I’ll tell you what; reading their applications is a humbling process. These women have unbelievable obstacles to overcome. They are heroes in their own right.”
No stranger to adversity, Miller struggled for years as she worked toward her dream of becoming an author. Now the Washington author—and self-proclaimed barn goddess—is one of the most recognizable names in publishing, topping national bestseller lists with her unique brand of western romance. She started the scholarship program as a way to give back.
“I was once a single parent, with my back to the wall a lot of the time, and I know how it feels,” Miller says, adding, “My philosophy is, ‘Educate a woman, impact endless future generations.’ Each of these scholarships will have a long-lasting effect on the recipients’ families and will help demonstrate to their children and their children’s children that a woman can overcome adversity and succeed, through education.”
For more information about the program, email LLMScholarships@NancyBerland.com or contact Nancy Berland, Nancy Berland Public Relations, 800-308-3169
Good luck to all who applied this year!
The following are the winners of Linda’s 2013 Scholarship competition. (Note: names of two winners were withheld to protect their privacy.)
- Molly O'Brien (Colorado)
- Kelly Shaw (California)
- Rachael Newman (Massachusetts)
- Marie-Evangeline Pouyer (Quebec, Canada)
- Julia Tabor (Vermont)
- Deborah Shumate Getz (North Carolina)
- Timmi DeAnne Rightmire (Pennsylvania)
- Juana Anthenien (California)