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.

Eligibility

  • 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.

FAQs

  • 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 2019-2020 Scholars

Amber
Amber is returning to a degree program after time spent working and raising her children. She studies at least 40 hours a week while pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Social Work. She is a staunch advocate of system change and gender equality.
Mayuko
Mayuko is enrolled at Eastern Washington University and is focused on a future career as a dental hygienist. She is utilizing this scholarship to help pay for childcare for her sons and purchase materials needed for her classes.
Nichole
Nichole worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant while she was raising her kids. Following several setbacks, she committed to do everything she could to provide for her family. She is currently enrolled at Community Colleges of Spokane.