Linda Announces 2013 Scholarship Winners
Linda Lael Miller's 2013 Scholarships for Women competition generated more than 1,500 entries from worthy candidates in all 50 U.S. states and two territories and from 11 Canadian provinces.
"We had an incredibly difficult time selecting the 10 winners this year." said Linda, from her home in Spokane, Washington. "We received a host of touching essays from women who are hoping to better their lives and that of their children and impact their communities by continuing their education."
After careful consideration and extensive deliberation, the Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women panel of judges, headed by Linda herself, names the following winners as scholarship recipients for the 2013 program. These remarkable women (states or provinces of residence noted) wrote essays that impacted the judging panel and inspired them with messages of resilience, persistence and hope:
- 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)
Approval to announce the names of two additional winners (from California and Indiana) is pending.
Linda sends her congratulations to all of the 2013 Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women winners. Information about the 2014 program will be posted here on Linda's website in the spring.
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.”