Monday, May 10, 2010

Women's Independence Scholorship Program (WISP) - Scholorships for Survivors and Advocates

Women's Independence
Scholarship Program, Inc. (WISP, Inc.)
The Women’s Independence Scholarship Program, Inc. began as a program of The Sunshine Lady Foundation (SLF) in 1999 and for 8 years provided scholarships to women survivors of intimate partner abuse who were changing their lives through education. In December 2007, SLF Founder and President, Doris Buffett announced her intention to endow WISP as its own entity. On July 1, 2008 WISP, Inc. emerged as a “sister” organization with a mission to enhance efforts to end domestic violence by offering access to higher education.

The primary programs of WISP, Inc. are the Women’s Independence Scholarship Program and the Counselor, Advocate and Support Staff scholarship.

WISP is available nationally to women who have left an abusive domestic situation and who are pursuing an education designed to provide economic independence for themselves and their children.

CASS is for individuals who are employed by a domestic violence service agency. Such agencies - shelters, resource centers, transitional housing programs, etc. – play a critical role in the effort to end domestic violence. This scholarship was created to help agencies with limited funds assist their staff in developing professionally to better serve their clients.

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