#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Janie Berry, 50, of Vancouver, WA

When Berry was fresh out of high school, she dreamed of becoming a children’s book author. Three children and a divorce saw that dream derailed, but she says she never gave up hope of one day earning a degree. She will use her scholarship funds to combat rising gasoline prices as she commutes to Clark College.

Meanwhile, she remains passionate about writing (her two-year-old granddaughter inspired her latest book) and maintains the positive outlook that has served her well for five decades.

“My own trials of cancer scares, operations, a car accident, pneumonia, Epstein Barr Virus and the effects from domestic abuse were merely stumbling blocks that forced me to spin my health and life around through education and fortitude,” said Berry.

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