Past Scholarship Winners
Scholarship Winners 2006
Acclaimed Author Linda Lael Miller Funds Scholarship Program for Women
Spokane, WA — Bestselling novelist turned philanthropist Linda Lael Miller believes that educating a woman will impact endless future generations.
The author of more than 70 novels, Miller put her money where her beliefs are and established the Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women in 2001. This month the Washington author of novels set in the old and new West awarded $1,000 scholarships to ten women. More than 1,400 applied in the sixth round of her self-funded scholarship program.
The unique program, for women 25 and older, allows the grants to be used not only at colleges and universities, but at any accredited institution of learning. Unlike traditional scholarships, a Linda Lael Miller grant may be used not only for tuition and books, but also for daycare, lab supplies and transportation expenses.
The author, whose current novel, McKETTRICK’S LUCK, scored #4 on the New York Times list hopes the grants will enable the winners to demonstrate to their children and to their children’s children that a woman can overcome adversity and succeed, through education.
The winners of her 2006 scholarships are:
Mae Artrip, 30, of Bayonne, NJ
Married as a teenager, she left high school at the insistence of an overprotective spouse and focused on raising her young child. After enduring years of abuse, Artrip faced the world on her own with no education or work skills.
Pursuing a nursing degree, she enrolled at the Hudson County Community College. Her mother watched the children until dying a year later.
“In addition to being able to stand on my own two feet and make it on my own for the first time in my life, I want to show my boys what sheer determination can achieve,” Artrip said. “I want them to see what can be accomplished when you never give up. Most of all, I want them to recognize the importance of an education.”
Rebecca Rice of South Pittsburg, TN
She caught the attention of the Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women judging panel with her simple introduction. “I do not have a unique or dramatic story. In fact, my story is all too typical.”
Rice, a factory worker for ten years, found motivation to change her circumstances when she went through a divorce and heard that the plant she worked for might close. She chose a nursing career and earned a 4.0 grade point average in her first year of studies.
“When I graduate in spring of 2008 and pass those board exams, I will be in glory!” Rice said. “Doing something meaningful and fulfilling while being self-sufficient and providing security for my family seems hard to beat.”