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:
Maureen Muzorewa, 55, of Madison, WI
Returning to school after 30 years in the workforce, she demonstrated that it is never too late to pursue an education, and a lifelong goal, despite the added financial obligations of college tuition.
“There have been many times now in my adult life that I have reflected back to the time when my father asked me to attend college. I have thought of how my life would have been different,” Muzorewa said about her decision not to enroll then. “There is a saying, ‘You have made your bed, now you have to lay in it.'”
After raising a son on her own and working two jobs, Muzorewa knows now is the time to take care of herself and prepare for the future. She enrolled at Upper Iowa University and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management.
Dina Gilio, 48, of Albuquerque, NM
She was an economically disadvantaged Native American who survived domestic abuse. Then her ten-year-old’s father lost his battle with cancer.
“Not only do I feel the responsibility to my son, I also am deeply aware of my responsibility to my community as an American Indian,” Gilio said.
An accomplished artist and political activist, Gilio decided the most powerful way she could help people was through the legal system. She is currently working on her degree from the University of New Mexico and hopes to attend law school to eventually practice federal Indian law.