#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Alice Carleton, 60, of Rochester, MI

Reared in extreme poverty in a home without refrigeration or a bathroom, Carleton knew at a young age that college was most likely not in her future. But she did what she could to change that reality, enlisting in the Women’s Army Corp when she turned 18 during the Vietnam war.

Neither poverty nor abusive relationships could dampen her cheerful outlook on life and her dream of someday earning a degree and becoming a counselor for abused women. Carleton will use her scholarship for tuition costs at Oakland University in Rochester to do just that.

“My faith, wicked wit and sense of humor have stood me in good stead,” Carleton admitted.

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