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:
Mary Carley, 51, of Omaha, TX
She endured abuse and neglect as a child. As an adult, Carley recognized a need to release the secrets and emotions associated with her past, but she found she did not have the words to express herself.
“Art became my words. Suddenly, I could take a sculpture to my counselor or a drawing, and even without words, I could scream silently. Art became an intricate part of getting me to who I am today, because it became my voice, my words and my emotions,” she said.
With a bachelor’s degree in art and working toward a master’s in counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Carley aspires to work with children and adults from trauma backgrounds, incorporating the use of art as a healing medium.
Kristy Martell, 27, of Hermitage, PA
She is a single mother of three who already juggles motherhood as a full-time student.
Pursuing her career goal as a Registered Nurse, Martell will now study at Sharon Regional Health System’s School of Nursing. Her stipend will go toward childcare and transportation expenses.