Scholarship Helps Katrina Survivor Help Others

04/10/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Bridget J.H. lost her job, her home and had to start a new life with her four children in Texas. Now the AARP Foundation scholarship is helping the 44-year-old get back on her feet after the family struggled thousands of miles from their home.

After relocating her family to Texas, Brigitte had a difficult time finding a new job. She says that the hurricane and the resulting move changed her family profoundly. Everything that she knew was altered by the complete loss. A family once strongly focused on education, they now found themselves "floundering--wandering."

Beginning in January 2010, Brigitte used the AARP scholarship to pursue an associate's degree in nursing. She hopes to become a registered nurse and inspire her children to follow their educational dreams through example.

To read more about Brigitte's story and other stories of change for women around the country, visit AARP.org.