#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

A. Jeffers (name has been changed), Washington

A. Jeffers turned to faith and hope to motivate her toward a better life after leaving her abusive marriage.

“Now that the kids and I were on our own, I had to make a decision about what I was going to do with my life and find a way to support us,” said Jeffers, the mother of two. “I decided to go back to college to earn that degree I’ve always dreamed of and need now more than ever.”

After taking career assessment tests, Jeffers found that social work kept popping up for her as a job path. “The description of the classes excited me! Working in a career when I could serve in the community and help would fill the desire I have to make a difference in others’ lives.”

She would like to work with troubled youth or the elderly. She will use the $1,000 scholarship for tuition at Eastern Washington University and transportation costs.

“I have seen the powerful effects of having faith and hope,” said Jeffers. “I have also learned that having faith and hope is a choice. Choosing to have faith that a better tomorrow is coming has helped me to overcome situations that at one point or another have felt unbearable. I can’t wait to see what my future holds.”

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