#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Maria Navarrete, Arizona

Maria Navarrete and her husband were busy raising their four daughters with the strong values and traditions of their native Mexico when he died suddenly in an accident.

“I came from a traditional family where labor was a priority instead of obtaining an education,” said Navarrete. “When my husband died, I realized the importance of being highly educated in order to overcome the obstacles in life.”

Pursuing a degree in speech and hearing science, Navarrete sees she’ll not only help her family financially when she finds a position after graduation, but she’ll also change the story of the lives of her future grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“I would be the first generation to obtain a higher educational degree in my family,” said Navarrete. “I want to make a difference in my daughters’ lives and our descendants. I am looking forward to becoming an advocate in education for others by sharing my personal story of struggles and successes that led me to where I am now.”

Navarrete will use the $1,000 scholarship for tuition at Arizona State University.

“I have learned to be strong when a problem arises. I have learned that no matter what obstacles come my way, I have to maintain my calm and think thoroughly to determine the best solution,” said Navarrete. “Sacrifices and obstacles only last for a short time, but a success lasts forever.”

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