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History

The Women’s Independence Scholarship Program, Inc. began as a program of The Sunshine Lady Foundation (SLF) in 1999 and for 8 years provided scholarships to women survivors of intimate partner abuse who were changing their lives through education. In December 2007, SLF Founder and President, Doris Buffett announced her intention to endow WISP as its own entity. On July 1, 2008 WISP, Inc. emerged as a “sister” organization with the purpose of enhancing efforts to stop the cycle of domestic violence by offering financial empowerment through access to higher education.

WISP is available nationally to women who have left an abusive domestic situation and who are pursuing an education designed to provide economic independence for themselves and their children.

Since its inception the Women’s Independence Scholarship Program has awarded more than $36.5 million in scholarships to some 4,000 women across the United States.