About The Scholarship

Raising a child shouldn’t keep young mothers from achieving their academic goals.

The Vivian Winston Scholarship awards funds, historically ranging from $1,000-$3,000, to assist mothers attending Eastern Washington University or the Community Colleges of Spokane with tuition and child care. The scholarship is named in honor of one of Women Helping Women Fund’s founders who worked through her life to remove barriers for women and children.


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How To Apply

  • Scholarship applications are available now. For more details about the scholarship and to access the application, click here.
  • Applications are due March 17.
  • Eligibility:
    • Be a continuing or incoming full-time female student at Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College or Eastern Washington University.
    • A resident of Spokane County for at least 12 months
    • Have dependent children requiring child care
    • A minimum of 3.0 college or high school cumulative GPA
    • Available to attend, as a guest, the 2017 Women Helping Women Fund Luncheon on May 23, 2017 and provide a short biography and photo for the luncheon program.


  • Applications are due March 17, 2017
  • Finalists will be contacted by April 5, 2017
  • All finalists will be asked to participate in an interview on April 13, 2017
  • Scholarship winners will be announced by April 21, 2017

“You educate a man; you educate a man.
You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” Brigham Young

Meet the 2016-2017 Scholars

Rebekah Evans
It is a great honor to be chosen for a second year and a privilege to attend the Women Helping Women Fund Benefit Luncheon. I currently attend Spokane Community College in the RN program. After completing my program, I will transfer to a university where I will get my bachelors. I dream of completing school through a PHD with certification in Gerontology or Hospice and Palliative Care. I love school and I'm so excited to continue learning about the field of nursing. My goals are to love my career, spread gratitude as a lifestyle, and make a lasting impact on my community. I currently work as a teaching assistant at SCC in the Biology Department specifically with Anatomy and Physiology students and I love my job. I'm able to help people every day and I can see the impact I'm having on the students that I work with. I see myself working within the education field in my future. At home, I'm a mother of three amazing boys: Jimmy is almost 11, Sean is 7, and William is 3. I'm married to my best friend and personal superhero, Jeremy. He and my family are my biggest cheerleaders. I am so thankful that my children are experiencing this journey with me and will see the benefits of my education. I believe they will also go to college and I want to do everything in my power to ensure that goal is achieved.
Diana Chubenko
Words can not describe how grateful I am to be the Vivian Winston Scholarship recipient. My heart is overflowing with excitement, joy, and most importantly gratitude. I am so honored to be one of the chosen wonderful ladies, to receive this amazing scholarship. My family and I moved to the United States from Latvia. It has been seven years since my family and I immigrated, and I am proud of the woman I am becoming because of this country. I am a hard working student, with a 3.93 GPA. I am a woman who is full of love and compassion for others. The biggest joy I experience in life is when I serve people. That is why I chose to become a Registered Nurse, so I can make a difference in someone’s life every day. I'm currently attending the Nursing Program at Spokane Community College. I am a loving wife, but most importantly, I am a caring mother to a beautiful two year old girl. I pray for wisdom every day to raise my daughter to become strong, kind, and a powerful woman. This scholarship is an answer to my prayers. Due to my immigration status, I am not eligible for any government sponsored financial aid; therefore, receiving this scholarship is truly a miracle to me. I am so grateful that the Vivian Winston Scholarship not only helped me to pay for my college and daycare expenses, but I also that God has given me more women I can look up to. I hope one day I can help other women the same way you helped me. Thank you for inspiring me, and helping me achieve my dreams.
Christina Walden
The first thing I want to say is thank you so much for helping me reach my goals. I am a single mom of a special needs child and also a full time student in the social work program at Eastern Washington University. I will be graduating with my BSW in June of 2017 and will be applying for the Master’s in Social Work program to start September of 2017. My son just turned 8 years old and will be heading into third grade this fall. He has severe ADHD and a Sensory Processing Disorder that makes learning very challenging for him but he is doing well now that he is in a great school. I hope to instill in him a love of learning and a knowing that he can achieve anything he puts his mind too. I have dealt with Chronic Migraine and Asthma since I was 13 and it has made school hard, but the effort will all be worth it in the end. I hope to become a school social worker when I am done with my education so that I can help children and families find the resources they need to be successful in life. The financial support of the Vivian Winston Scholarship will allow me to get my son the level of care he deserves and needs while I finish my education. I am so very grateful for your generosity.