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.

How To Apply

  • Timeline:
    • Applications should be completed by March 18, 2019
    • Finalists will be contacted by April 13, 2019
    • All finalists will be asked to participate in an interview the week of April 17, 2019
    • Scholarship winners will be announced by April 24, 2019
    • Scholarships will be distributed by June 30, 2019 for the 2019-2020 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
  • Available to attend, as a guest, the 2019 Women Helping Women Fund Luncheon on May 21, 2019 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, 2019.
  • 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 2018-2019 Scholars

Brittnee Akau
Britnee is starting her Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associates in Applied Science degree at Spokane Community College. After graduating she plans to transfer to Eastern Washington University to pursue a Health Science Bachelors of Science in order to work as an Ultrasound Technician. “I believe that my drive, persistence and confidence in my pursuit of an education will make the difference. Education is certainly something that I feel is necessary for all of us to grow and become better people.”
Sheena Birdtail
Sheena is a student at Spokane Falls Community College earning her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ultimately she plans to transfer to Eastern Washington University and earn her Bachelor of Arts in Education. “My day to day goal is to strive to be someone that I needed when I was growing up. Leading and living my life this way has made a huge impact on motivating me to encourage and uplift children especially when they are going through rough times in their lives….Thank you all so very much! I am honored to be chosen for this, it means more to me than I can ever express!”
Sarah Hader
Sarah is a student at Washington State University Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (NEP) program at WSU Spokane. “I have cultivated a deep passion and personal purpose around helping others find a place of balance with their bodies, with an emphasis on self-love and personal responsibility. For this reason, I have chosen to pursue a career as a registered dietitian.”
Leann Ledford
Leanna is pursuing a degree in Clinical Psychology and is deciding between Spokane Falls Community College and Eastern Washington University. “My studies have completely changed me, and made me a better human being. By completing my education, this will allow me to further my ability to help my community, and be independent and self-sufficient supporting my family too.”