#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Melissa Usleaman, 40, of Brooksville, KY

When her husband Ray’s lupus symptoms worsened three and a half years ago, Usleaman had a house full of kids to care for—with her four children, 17, 14, 9 and 6, and Ray’s two young cousins, 14 and 12. Then there were bills to pay, a part-time job and a full college course load. She is so close to finishing both an Associate’s in Art degree and an Applied Science with Business Management degree from Maysville Community and Technical College, that she knows she must push through her last few classes so she can work full time.

Usleaman plans to pursue social work after graduating, preferably in a women’s crisis center, simply because she enjoys helping other people.

After all of her family’s hardships, she hopes getting her college degree will help turn things around.

Usleaman will use her funds to help pay for tuition, books and gas.

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