The Women's Independence Scholarship Program (WISP) is offered to a female survivor of intimate partner abuse, who has been physically separated from her abuser a minimum of one year but not more than ten. To be eligible, applicants must: have sought services from a non-profit agency that provides services to survivors of intimate partner abuse for a minimum of six consecutive months; be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States, or have an immigration status that makes her eligible for FAFSA, and be a current physical resident of the United States or its territories; have applied to or been officially accepted into an accredited course of study at a US institution; demonstrate financial need; exhibit a strong desire and the ability to complete a training and/or academic program; and have 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. This is open to both new applicants and returning applicants. Due dates will vary.
The primary intent is to provide assistance to women who are survivors of intimate partner abuse with education that leads to a living wage and financial self-sufficiency, interrupting the cycle of financial abuse within the larger context of economic justice. WISP is available nationally to women who have left an abusive intimate partner relationship and who are pursuing an education with the goal of providing economic independence for themselves and their children.