A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

Women’s Independence Scholarship Program


Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP) [Internet Archive link]

Scholarship overview:  This scholarship is for women who have survived intimate partner abuse and have been separated from their abuser for a minimum of one year. Applicants must be full or part-time students interested in attending accredited programs at educational institutions such as state supported community colleges, state supported colleges or universities, technical / vocational schools, private colleges or universities, or for profit schools. 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.

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We want to thank the person who pointed us to this scholarship.


  1. TookDecades

    Is there something magical about the five year scholarship time limit? I can only speak for myself, but I spent a year in a hunter’s cabin chopping and carrying wood, waited for a year for final decree, waited two years for my piano and had nightmares for 4 years. I suppose I would have been certifiably nuts during that time. Left in poverty by divorce court after raising my children at home, I couldn’t muster the energy or health to go back to teach at a college at age 53 let alone go back to school. Sometimes it takes awhile to find secure footing. I would encourage the program to not set a time limit. The damage from abuse sometimes doesn’t make it possible to go to class and do well.

    • twbtc


      I don’t know the reason for the five year limit. Definitely it can take longer than five years for victims to get any sense of grounding. Maybe there is more information at the link that would explain. We did have a commenter on our Facebook page say this about the scholarship:

      This is a legitimate program! My dearest friend was blessed by them. It is private, and funded by a single benefactor.

    • Emma D'Silva

      Hear! Hear! Good comment.

    • I honour you, TookDecades, and I think your comment would be good feedback to give to the administrators of this scholarship. I encourage you to email them.

  2. Emma D'Silva

    Is this just for Americans?

    • I’m not sure. It may well be just for Americans. Can someone dig into the link and tell us the answer?

    • twbtc

      Hi Emma,

      Eligibility requirements state that “applicants must be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States, or have an immigration status that makes her eligible for FAFSA, and have applied to or is officially accepted into an accredited course of study at a United States institution.”

      This and other eligibility requirements can be found under the Eligibility tag [Internet Archive link] on the WISP website.

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