Women's Independence Scholarship Program, Inc. helps women who have survived domestic violence to return to school and become self-sufficient. The primary candidates are single mothers with young children who lack the resources to attend college. It is based on financial need.
Students may attend part-time or full-time and enroll in either a two-year or four-year college program. They must be separated from an abusive partner for at least one year but not more than seven years. The scholarship money can be used for tuition, books and other college fees and is paid directly to the institution.
Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.75 in order to apply and continue receiving scholarship support. The scholarship program is open on a continuous basis. Interested applicants should allow at least two months for approval prior to class start date.
The scholarship is funded by The Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP), Inc., which began in 1999 and has provided more than $16 million in scholarships since its beginning. Scholarships are available to women nationally who have been victims of partner domestic abuse. WISP is available to women who have left an abusive partner and want to pursue their education to improve their lives and the lives of their children. They are headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The deadline for this scholarship VARIES each year, and the award amount is usually $250 - $5,000.
For more details, visit www.wispinc.org/