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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.



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

  • Female student at Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Washington State Univerity-Spokane, Whitworth University, Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane Community College, or a trade/certificate program
  • Pursuing an Associate Degree, Bachelor's Degree or special certification (including trade or technical)
  • Resident of Spokane County while attending school
  • Have dependent child(ren) requiring child care during the 2022-23 school year
  • Available to attend, as a guest, the Women Helping Women Fund Luncheon on May 17, 2022

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

The application is open now through March 16, 2022. Finalists will be notified by March 31, 2022 and asked to participate in an interview on April 13, 2022. Recipients will be notified by April 15, 2022.


Meet the 2021-22 Scholars




"I'm a first-generation Mexican-American, a young mother of two, and the first to attend a university.


I have faced many challenging situations to get to where I am now and nothing will stop me from achieving my goals."




"After growing up in generational poverty, I'm making it my life's mission to help others over come the same types of barriers I once faced.


I hope to one day put my passion for helping others, personal life experiences, and education to use serving the community."




"I plan to further my education in the future  by applying to the DNP- Family Nurse Practitioner Program at WSU. Being raised in a rural community with few resources has driven me to focus on a healthcare career that will give back to underserved communities."




"I am from Eastern Africa. I am a mother of seven children. Being born in family of seven, I am the first generation to reach college. My focus is in health care because I want to help others as a way of paying back the way I was helped when I was in a refugee camp back in Tanzania. It may take me longer than I think to reach my goal of becoming a Nurse practitioner, but I will not quit until I reach that goal."

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"I am first generation to reach college and I won’t stop there. I plan to be the first in my family to get a bachelor’s degree. Being a single mother to a 4-year-old definitely adds more of a challenge but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve overcome so many obstacles which have made me stronger. I know that my hard work will pay off. I will be able to use my degree to help people in the community with their finances."