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Washburn Women’s Alliance

Mission 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.

In 2019, more than $92, 000 was distributed to 28 students/parents. Proceeds from the annual May reception further support the scholarship fund. For more information, please contact us or read more about the impact of WWA

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 reception. 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

The scholarship process is now closed and will re-open in the fall of 2021. 

25th Anniversary Video in 2020

2020-2021 WWA Board Members

Lindsey Best, President
Cherie Sage, Development Chair and President Elect
Jane Robinson, Past President/Advisory Board Liaison
Cindy Rogers, Historian

Shelley Bearman, Scholarship Committee
Bethany Dix, Development Committee
Michelle Heusi, Development Committee
Carly Masenthin, Scholarship Committee
Rachel Pickering, Events Committee Chair
Alison Pollock, Scholarship Committee Chair
Minervia Scott-Gray, Scholarship Committee
Amber Smith, Events Committee
Tam Vincent, Development Committee
Janice Watkins, Scholarship Committee
Amy White, Development Committee
Luci Zieman, Scholarship Committee

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