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Women's Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)

The objective of the Women's Independence Scholarship Program is to help survivors of intimate partner abuse obtain an education that will in turn offer them the chance to secure employment, personal independence and self sufficiency. Support is available for full or part-time students.

The Women's Independence Scholarship Program (WISP) was created in 1999 to help formerly battered women overcome barriers to the education necessary for their becoming employable and financially stable. The primary intent is to help single mothers with young children who have the greatest financial challenges (childcare costs, etc.) to gain work skills so they can support their families. Our funds target women who are in desperate financial situations and absolutely must have both an education and our funds to assist them.

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, the applicant must be a woman who is a direct survivor of intimate partner abuse. While we abhor abuse from any source, our effort is in assisting those women who are survivors of partner abuse.

The primary intent of the WISP program is to assist women who have been parted from an abusive partner for a minimum of one year.

Women who have been parted from their batterers for more than five years may also apply. However, funding for these individuals may be limited.

Special consideration will be given to those interested in using their education to further the rights of, and options for, women and girls.


rolling deadline, takes two months for review

Application Procedure:
Student applies directly

Eligible to Apply:

Undergraduate: At any level

Graduate: None

Award Type:
Scholarship / Fellowship

Award Period:
Academic Year (Undergraduate)

Disciplines / Areas of Study or Interest:
Open to all fields

Additional Qualifications:
U.S. citizen or legal resident. Woman who is a direct survivor of intimate partner abuse

Last Updated:
June 27, 2017

Last Updated: 9/12/17