The Vivian Winston Scholarship was established in 1996 by Women Helping Women Fund, Spokane to assist female students and allow them to improve their lives, the lives of their children and their communities while overcoming the financial challenges of the cost of both tuition and child care.

Criteria for Eligibility

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

  • Be a continuing or incoming full-time female student at Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College or Eastern Washington University pursuing an Associate Degree , Bachelors Degree, or special certification.
  • A resident of Spokane County for at least 12 months.
  • Have dependent children requiring child care.
  • A minimum of a 3.0 college or high school cumulative GPA.
  • Available to attend, as a guest, the 2016 Women Helping Women Fund Luncheon on May 23, 2017 and provide short biography and photo for the luncheon program.

Required Documents

Incomplete applications and/or missing required documents will disqualify applicant from consideration for this scholarship.

  • A fully completed application that includes narrative about academic and personal goals.
  • Two recommendations. One must be from an educational professional – teacher, professor, counselor, etc.
  • Most current transcript
  • All applications must be completed online. Applications submitted directly to the WHWF office will be disqualified.


  • Applications are due March 17, 2017
  • Finalists will be contacted by April 5, 2017
  • All finalists will be asked to participate in an interview on April 13, 2017
  • Scholarship winners will be announced by April 21, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

  • A typical scholarship ranges between $1,500 and $4,000
  • Scholarship recipients may apply over multiple years and may receive consecutive awards.
  • Scholarship recipients may be asked to provide their most recent tax statement before distribution.
  • Scholarships will be distributed from the Vivian Winston Fund directly to Eastern Washington University or the Community Colleges of Spokane by June 30, 2017.
  • Scholarship funds designated to childcare can only be applied to licensed facilities located at EWU or CCS.
  • Scholarship recipients are requested to provide the Women Helping Women Fund office with their preferred distribution of funds at their school. IE- 80% tuition, 20% childcare. 

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