2013 Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women Program
Linda Lael Miller 2013 Scholarships for Women competition has ended, with 1,648 entries received by the August 30, 2013 deadline. Applications were received from all 50 U.S. states and two territories and from 11 Canadian provinces.
The finalists in Linda’s 2013 scholarship program have been notified. If you are an applicant who has not received finalist notification, the chances are very slim that you will win a scholarship. Finalists are in the process of providing documentation of enrollment, coursework, educational acceptance and other information included in their essays. Should fewer than ten finalists adequately provide this documentation, additional finalists will be selected and notified. Winners will be announced here on Linda’s website once that process has been completed and no later than December 15, 2013.
Information about Linda’s next scholarship competition, along with the rules and application form, will be posted here in 2014.
Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women Program Overview
Since 2001, through her scholarship program, Linda Lael Miller has awarded more than $100,000 in grants to women age 25 and older who have experienced barriers to fulfilling their education.
“Non-traditional female students have a difficult time finding scholarships,” said Linda, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 books. “These scholarships target those women specifically.”
The funds may be used not only for tuition, educational fees and books, but also for child care, transportation and other expenses not covered by traditional scholarships.
To qualify, a woman must be 25 years old or older, a U.S. or Canadian legal resident attending, or enrolled to attend, a U.S. or Canadian college or university. Applicants must submit an essay or 500 words or less that includes information on why the student is applying for the 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 is $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 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,” said Linda.
The prolific author is no stranger to adversity. She struggled for years as she worked toward her dream of becoming an author. 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.
“My philosophy is, ‘Educate a woman, impact endless future generations,’” said Linda. “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.”
Congratulations to the following 2012 winners:
- Laura Ricketts, Maryland
- Tawni DeYoung, Colorado
- Gina Adams, Alabama
- Joni Kennedy, California
- Anna A., Arizona
- Connie Duncan-Moses, California
- Lisa Owens, Oregon
- Jenni G., Wisconsin
- Gloria Bartels, Arizona
- Two additional winners (not named for privacy purposes)