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Women's Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)






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.

A woman who meets the following requirements is eligible to apply:

  • Survived intimate partner abuse & has been separated from their abuser a minimum of one year;
  • ┬áIs a citizen or legal resident of the United States;
  • Has applied to or is officially accepted into an accredited course of study at a United States institution;
  • Demonstrates a critical need for financial assistance;
  • Exhibits strong desire, ability and determination to complete a training and/or academic program;
  • Has a definite plan to use the desired training to upgrade skills for career advancement, to train for a new career field, or to enter or reenter the job market; and
  • Has sought services from a non-profit, domestic violence agency for a minimum of 6 consecutive months, and this agency is willing act as sponsor by mentoring and providing support to the student throughout her educational experience.

Mail to:

WISP Renewals
The Sunshine Lady Foundation
4900 Randall Parkway, Suite H
Wilmington, NC 28403
Fax to: 910-397-0023



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