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 $1,500-$4,000, to assist mothers attending Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Washington State University: Spokane, Whitworth 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

  • The 2018 application is now closed.
  • Timeline:
    • Applications should be completed by March 16, 2018
    • Finalists will be contacted by April 13, 2018
    • All finalists will be asked to participate in an interview the week of April 16, 2018
    • Scholarship winners will be announced by April 24, 2018
    • Scholarships will be distributed by June 30, 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic year.


  • Be a continuing or incoming full-time female student at Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Washington State University: Spokane, Whitworth University, Spokane Community College, and Spokane Falls Community College pursuing an Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, or special certification.
  • A resident of Spokane County while attending school.
  • Have dependent children requiring child care during the scholarship year
  • A minimum of a 3.0 college or high school cumulative GPA
  • Available to attend, as a guest, the 2018 Women Helping Women Fund Luncheon on May 22, 2018 and provide a short biography and photo for the luncheon program.


  • A typical scholarship ranges between $1,500 and $4,000
  • Scholarship recipients may apply over multiple years and may receive consecutive awards.
  • Scholarship recipients may be asked to provide their most recent tax statement before distribution.
  • Scholarships will be distributed from the Vivian Winston Fund directly to Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Washington State University: Spokane, Whitworth University, and the Community Colleges of Spokane by June 30, 2018.
  • Scholarship funds designated to childcare can only be applied to licensed on-campus facilities in a one time payment.
  • Scholarship recipients are requested to provide the Women Helping Women Fund office with their preferred distribution of funds at their school. IE- 80% tuition, 20% childcare.
  • Letters of recommendation should be submitted online, please ask references to submit here.

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

Meet the 2017-2018 Scholars

Lyndsay Bishop
Studying education at Spokane Community College, Lyndsay is the mother of five children. “I am empowered through receiving this scholarship. Not only because of the financial assistance that allows me to care for my children while I continue my education, but also because of the significance behind it. Strength is gifted from one woman to another when we lift each other up in support of our dreams and goals. It is my life passion to pass this gift to other women, and this scholarship will assist me in doing so by providing me with the education necessary to lead, guide and teach others. I am blessed and grateful for the Vivian Winston Scholarship.”
Diana Chubenko
A second year recipient of the Vivian Winston Scholarship, Diana is the mother of one daughter and studying nursing at Spokane Community College. “I feel tremendously blessed and honored receiving the Vivian Winston Scholarship for the second consecutive year. This scholarship not only helped to me to pay for the rest of my nursing school tuition, but it also allowed me to afford a full-time daycare for my daughter. Being just a mom and a wife at home, not a student, is the most important gift you have given me, with your financial help. 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.”
Sarah Hilsen
Pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English/History Education from Eastern Washington University, Sarah has two daughters. “When I am asked, "So, tell me about yourself." I tend to pause longer than most. You wouldn't think talking about who you are would be a halted conversation. My quirks, my qualities, personality, my faith, and passion are all the things that make up Sarah Hilsen. I am not who I was. I am not who I will be. And God help me that the woman here today makes a difference in the lives of those around her. I am awkward, quirky, and passionate about giving kids the opportunity to be the obvious choice in all things they want to peruse.”