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:
Susan Coder, 40, of Royersford, PA
She has channeled the tragedies in her life to a useful pursuit of a nursing degree from Montgomery County Community College.
Two years ago, Coder and her family were in an auto accident, in which her nine-year-old daughter sustained a brain injury. Coder credits the rehab hospital staff with exceptional medical care for her daughter and priceless encouragement and emotional support for her and the rest of the family.
“Having the support of such knowledgeable and caring professionals made a huge difference in my daughter’s recovery,” Coder said. “I believe someday I will be able to give support to another family in the way that we were supported. Not only do I want to be able to confidently care for another person, I want to be able to give hope when the situation seems helpless.”
Katherine Weaver, 30, of Olathe, KS
She is a mother of three, who is pursuing a bachelor’s of science degree in dietetics at Johnson County Community College. Her five-year-old daughter suffers from severe allergies, which make anything with milk or soy protein, most nuts, red dye #40, vaccination medicines and even green beans and oranges potentially deadly.
Due to her allergies and the wide variety of associated hazards, Weaver has kept her daughter at home until now. But a strong desire to earn a good income without being gone from her family on nights and weekends drove Weaver to obtain a higher education.
Encouraged by this scholarship, Weaver said, “Now I can be out of school before my kids start college. I can actually start saving for their college funds!”