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.

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