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Vivian Winston Scholarship

Awarding funds local mothers juggling the cost of tuition and childcare.

Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit and exemplary character with preference given to students demonstrating financial need. The value of the award is $1,500 to $4,000.


About the Scholarship

A scholarship fund was established in 2006 to honor WHWF Co-Founder, Vivian Winston.

Winston focused on social justice work, long before it was trendy. She was an early advocate for women and children, a member of Spokane’s chapter of the League of Women Voters from its inception in 1948, as well as the first woman president of Spokane’s United Way in 1969.

Applications are now open through March 22, 2021.



To qualify for the Vivian Winston Scholarship, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • A resident of Spokane County while attending school.
  • Have dependent children requiring childcare during the 2021-2022 school year.
  • An incoming or continuing full-time female student at Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Washington State University: Spokane, Whitworth University or Community Colleges of Spokane pursuing an Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, or special certification.

Checklist for Application

  • Complete application that includes a brief biography, financial overview and narrative about academic/personal goals.

  • Most current transcript.

Application and Award Timeline

Applications are available through March 22, 2021. Finalists will be notified by April 8 and asked to participate in a virtual interview during the week of April 12-16. Recipients will be announced by April 19, 2021.


Meet the 2020-21 Scholars



Taylor is studying Communication Science and Disorders at Eastern Washington University. This is her chosen field of study because she wants to be an advocate, not the voice, for those who do not have means to be able to make their voice heard. She wants to give everyone the ability to communicate.



Nicole is pursuing her degree in Public Service Administration at Whitworth University. After overcoming many hardships in her own life, she is hoping to give back by using her degree to be a light that helps guide people to their true purpose. Her goal is to become a leader for a non-profit organization.



Brynna is a full-time student at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. She is studying to receive her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design, which has been a lifelong passion. She also works part-time as an intern at an architecture & interior design firm in Spokane. She expects to graduate next year.