Women’s Independence Scholarship Fund

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Women’s Independence Scholarship Program Inc.

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards varies.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. Must be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States, or have an immigration status that makes her eligible for FAFSA.
  2. Must demonstrate a critical need for financial assistance.
  3. Must be female.
  4. Must be a survivor of domestic abuse.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: The Women’s Independence Scholarship Fund is available for women who have left an abusive domestic situation. They are also pursuing an education that aims to help them to provide economic self-sufficiency for themselves and their children. The Scholarship Program was established in 1999.

Application requirements for the Women’s Independence Scholarship Fund are:

  • Essay
  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Official Transcript
  • Income tax return and academic plan.
Additional Information: The Women’s Independence Scholarship Program, Inc. began as a program of The Sunshine Lady Foundation (SLF) in 1999. For 8 years, their mission was to provide scholarships to female survivors of intimate partner abuse who were changing their lives through education. Then SLF Founder and President, Doris Buffett, announced her goal to endow WISP as its own entity. By 2008, WISP was a sister organization. Their efforts focus on stopping the cycle of domestic violence by offering financial empowerment through access to higher education.

Award Amount: The smallest award has been about $250. The average award is around $2,000 per school term. Scholarship Awards are for tuition, books and fees. They are paid directly to the educational institution. Awards is renewable.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $2,000.

About Women’s Independence Scholarship Program Inc.:
Contact Information: Women’s Independence Scholarship Fund, Executive Director
Address: 4900 Randall Parkway Suite H Wilmington, North Carolina 28403

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