Monday, January 11, 2010

More Late Bloomers

My friend and fellow gravity-defier Elin Danien (photo above), the founder of Bread Upon the Waters, a UPenn scholarship fund for non-traditional-age women, just sent me an update.

She writes:  “To date, 73 women have earned bachelor’s degrees through Bread, many of them graduating with honors and going on to graduate studies while juggling careers and family obligations.”

This year's crop of scholars include: 

Kimberly B., a single mother working toward a B.A. in English who recently gave up her job as a school bus driver to work as a freelance copywriter. 

Elizabeth S., a Humane Society Police Officer who aims to earn a Ph.D. in forensic anthropology. 

Maura C., a mother who became a passionate advocate for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act while securing resources for her son, and who plans to pursue a career in child development and special education.

(Click here to read my previous postings on Elin, who has a wonderful story of her own, and the women her fund has helped.)

To make a gift to the fund online, go to


  1. That's a wonderful thing she's doing!

  2. I've often thought how much fun it would be to establish a scholarship as part of one's will, but why not do it before that so that one could observe the joy it bring. Bravo!
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