Second place was awarded to Lisa Williams, a divorced mother with two children (ages 12 & 15) completing her general education requirements and working toward her bachelor's degree in education at Las Positas College. Her long term goal is to become an elementary school teacher.  Lisa believed she would be a full-time stay-at-home mom and supported her husband as he finished his education.  She also cared for their daughter who was diagnosed with a serious kidney disorder, leaving them with large hospital bills.  She discovered her husband was cheating and says she lost her marriage of sixteen years, her home and her savings.  She has spent the last 3 years trying to rebuild her life.  Her current educational expenses are approximately $5000.  The committee awarded Lisa $750.

Third winner went to Amy Isler, a widowed mother of a 2-year old who is taking prerequisite classes to apply to a nursing program in the Bay Area.  Her career goal is to become a Registered Nurse.  Amy's husband was thirty-one when he was diagnosed with cancer and spent several months getting treatment at Stanford University Medical Center.  He lost his battle with cancer, but Amy says he was surrounded by an amazing medical staff and she now wishes to become an oncology nurse to give others the hope and comfort that was given to her family and to be able to financially support her son.  Her current annual educational expenses are approximately $800.  The committee awarded Amy $500.