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Washburn Women’s Alliance

Washburn Women's AllianceMission Statement

The Washburn Women’s Alliance (WWA) was originally established to provide scholarship assistance for nontraditional female students enrolled at Washburn University. The organization now honors the founders by continuing to work to raise money to help assure that single parents will be afforded the opportunity to continue their education.

Note: Preference is given to undergraduate, single parents (regardless of gender), with dependent children residing with them, who are properly enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours (two for-credit courses) at Washburn University.


In 1995, Washburn University recognized a need to support this group of female students who often did not qualify for typical scholarships. Responding to this need, Ruth and John Stauffer set up an endowed scholarship for single mothers at Washburn. Following the Stauffers’ lead, a group of community women organized to establish the Washburn Women’s Alliance, and the first scholarship of $856 was given in the fall of 1996.

This year marks the 18th anniversary of the Washburn Women’s Alliance. More than $600,000 has been awarded through WWA since its inception. Last year, more than $89,000 was distributed to 35 students. The 2013 luncheon was held May 14, 2013, in the Memorial Union on the Washburn University campus. Proceeds from the annual luncheon further support the scholarship fund. For more information, please contact us.

How You Can Help

Current gift scholarships received by Jan. 31 of each year will be awarded at the spring event. Donors present their scholarships to the students each year at the luncheon. A gift of $1,000 will create a current gift scholarship and a minimum gift of $25,000 (payable over five years) creates a permanent scholarship fund whose interest earnings are used for future scholarships. For more information about how you can get involved, please contact us.

Scholarship Application

Students interested in applying for the Washburn Women's Alliance Scholarship may click here for an application or pick one up at the Washburn University Foundation.

Join Us for the Scholarship Reception

Please save the date to join us for the Washburn Women's Alliance Scholarship Reception at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center. This event replaces the previous scholarship luncheon. More information to follow.

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