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Offered by Women's Independence Scholarship Program, Inc.
The Women’s Independence Scholarship Program annually awards between $500 and $2,000 to female survivors of intimate partner abuse who have applied to or been officially accepted into an accredited course of study at a United States institution. To be eligible, applicants must have also been physically separated from their abuser for a minimum of one year but not more than seven, and have sought services from a non-profit agency that provides services to survivors of intimate partner abuse for a minimum of six consecutive months. First priority will be given to candidates who are single mothers with young children who have the greatest barriers (i.e. childcare needs) to successfully complete their education.
If you’re a female survivor of intimate partner abuse who is now pursuing your post-secondary education within the United States, we encourage you to apply. Keep on reading to learn more.
The Women's Independence Scholarship Program, Inc. began as a program of The Sunshine Lady Foundation (SLF) in 1999. The primary intent is to provide assistance to women who are survivors of intimate partner abuse with education that leads to a living wage and financial self-sufficiency, interrupting the cycle of financial abuse within the larger context of economic justice. In December 2007, SLF Founder and President, Doris Buffett announced her intention to endow WISP as its own entity. On July 1, 2008 WISP, Inc. emerged as a stand-alone organization with a mission to enhance efforts toward economic justice by offering a means to help survivors of intimate partner abuse access higher education. WISP is available nationally to women who have left an abusive intimate partner relationship and who are pursuing an education with the goal of providing economic independence for themselves and their children.
This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.
US Citizens, Permanent Residents
Low Income, Women
Applicants must be survivors of domestic abuse
To apply for this scholarship, submit the below application materials before the deadline.
Letter of Recommendation
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