#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Stacy Cramer, 35, of Alameda, CA

Determined to craft a better life for her young daughter and herself, Cramer began taking classes toward a nursing degree at the Hayward campus of Chabot College in 2005. Today she juggles the rigors of class work while maintaining a full-time job and caring for her daughter. Her funds help with the high cost of college textbooks.

Though the pace of her life can be grueling, Cramer believes the quality of her life is improving.

“I have never felt so much self-confidence as I feel now that I have returned to school,” she said. “I realize how much potential I have and how important an education is. I am doing my best to be a role model for my daughter. I want her to see the importance of a college education.”

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