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Elisabeth Webster and Zazie

"The Pearl Fund scholarship came at a crucial moment in my efforts to finish my masters of psychology and counseling at Goddard College. I was in my next to last semester, trying to do my course work, my thesis, manage completing the 1,000 hours of internship required by my state's licensing board, and support myself. The scholarship was one of the pieces that made it possible for me to juggle everything.

I did complete my course work at Goddard and graduate with my masters degree in January, and I was able to meet my state's licensing requirements to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. If the pieces all fall together as planned, my license should come through in June allowing me to go on to start my own counseling practice in July. I am planning to focus on counseling people dealing with issues of loss, illness, aging, and end of life. It's a great feeling to see this dream gradually coming to fruition."
Elisabeth Webster



Lisa Alvarado and Roiann Lisa Alvarado, a Pearl Foundation scholarship recipient, is a poet performer, and installation artist, focusing on identity, spirit, and the body. She is the founder of La Onda Negra Press, and is author of Reclamo and The Housekeeper's Diary, originally a book of poetry and now a one-woman performance, and is the recipient of grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs, The NEA, and the Ragdale

Foundation. The Housekeeper's Diary, which dealt with her experiences as a domestic for one of Chicago's wealthiest families, premiered nationally in Washington, D.C. in 2001, as a co-production with Sol y Soul and Gala Hispanic Theater. She recently mounted The Housekeeper's Diary in Chicago to critical success and national coverage.

She has performed through out the U.S. and in Ajijic, Jalisco in Mexico. Lisa and her work has been featured in the Reader, The Chicago Tribune, Latino USA/National Public Radio, and Public Radio International. Her writing also received critical acclaim from such authors as Luis J. Rodriguez and Ana Castillo.

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