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.
Meet the 2023-24 Scholars
Spokane Community College
"I am a single mom of a sweet 5-year-old boy. I came from Venezuela to the US six years ago. I did a lot of hard labor work until I got an opportunity as Program Manager in a nonprofit organization.
There I found out that I wanted to help people, change lives, but through the time, I couldn't stop thinking about my real vocation that I did let go when I was a teenager. Same feeling, help people and change their lives but in the medical field, that is why now, I am getting my required classes for the nursing program at SCC. With my mind focus on the title of Surgery NP that it my main goal. No matter that I am just in the beginning of this dream."
Washington State University - Spokane
"As a 25-year-old mom of two balancing being a mom and finishing my degree is a challenge I welcome. I want to provide for my children and show them they can find a career path that supports others and is fulfilling.
Having taken a roundabout way to get where I am, I believe in hard work and perseverance. I know that I am living in a way that teaches my kids these values and I am so grateful for the support we have received for our family."
Washington State University - Spokane
"I returned to school after my son was born in 2018, inspired by the incredible nurses and health professionals who helped me recover from alcoholism nearly a decade ago. Graduating from Washington State University College of Nursing in December 2023, I'm eager to start my career and make a difference in people's lives."
"I am a first-generation college student, daughter of immigrants, and a mother of two. My children are my ultimate motivation in my pursuit of higher education. In my life journey, I have had to navigate various levels of legal proceedings and have come to experience firsthand the cultural biases and obstacles immigrants, specifically, immigrant women of color must overcome when needing to access legal services.
Although my story is not unique, it is unique to the legal field where only 2% of Latinas are currently practicing. I believe representation is important and necessary for equitable change."
Western Governors University
"I am a mother to four girls, small business owner, early childhood educator and music teacher. My three oldest daughters and I are domestic violence survivors and I knew that after what we went through I wanted to help children and parents. I realized it was my calling to teach. I am currently on my way to earn my BA in Elementary Education and will continue on to get my masters in Music Education. My life wasn’t always this hopeful. I want my daughters and all women and children to know you can overcome your trauma and start again!"
To qualify for the Vivian Winston Scholarship, the student must meet the following criteria:
Female student at Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Washington State University-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)
A resident of Spokane County while attending school
Have dependent child(ren) requiring child care during the 2024-25 school year
Application and Award Timeline
The application will open in December 2023.
Finalists will be notified in early April 2024 and asked to participate in an interview in mid-April.
Recipients will be notified by the end of April.
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