WISP Celebrates 2000 Graduates

Doris Buffet’s Women’s Independence Scholarship Program recently celebrated the graduation of their 2,000th scholar and it isn’t slowing down

By Allison Barrett Carter StarNews Correspondent


When Doris Buffet started the Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (“WISP”) in 1999, she was hoping it would last 10 years. But 17 years later, the Wilmington-based nonprofit celebrated the graduation of their 2,000th scholar and isn’t slowing down.

WISP is a remarkable nonprofit, working quietly yet effectively to help women survivors of domestic violence attend school.

“Most (women) remain in and return to their abusive partner because they are financially stable,” said Nancy Soward, executive director for WISP. “Doris Buffet said, ‘We can fix it.’

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