#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Kim Anderson*, 41, Louisville, KY

As a resident at The Center for Women and Families, a shelter for domestic violence victims, Anderson knows all about life’s struggles. After distancing herself from the man who injured her, she decided it was time to claim her independence and finish her education.

Achieving her goal hasn’t been easy. In June, Anderson’s son, 21, underwent his third surgery due to spina bifida. She was forced to work twice as hard in order to care for her son, pay the bills and attend class, but she was able to maintain all As and Bs in her classes.

“After all he has been through,” she said, “I hope that by watching me, he’ll never give up, and he’ll know he can do anything.”

Anderson will use her scholarship funds for a new computer for schoolwork at Spencerian College.

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