WWIN Awards Record Number of 100 Education Grants Totaling $500,000

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Washington Women in Need Doubles the Number of Education Grants for 2014

Washington Women in Need (WWIN) reaches a historic benchmark announcing it has awarded 100 education grants totaling $500,000 in 2014. This is more than double the number of education grants that were awarded in 2013.

WWIN provides grants to determined women who are ready for transformational change and looking to build a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities. Grant money helps pay for tuition, mandatory fees and required books and supplies at 73 colleges and universities in Washington. Grants are provided in $5,000 increments to the selected applicants’ schools of choice.

Grant applications are reviewed twice per year by a review committee comprised of 80 community volunteers. Eligibility considerations include Washington residency and income status. Women interested in determining eligibility and applying for a grant may visit the WWIN website for more information. For eligibility criteria go to: http://wwin.org/eligibility/.

“Over half of the women receiving education grants are the first in their families to attend college. Our 23-year history demonstrates that once one member of a family goes to college the chances of others attending increases considerably, creating a pattern of educational success,” said Michelle Nitz, Executive Director for Washington Women in Need. “For every grant there is a powerful story of determination and our goal is to fuel those stories of achievement,” adds Nitz.

About the Grantees
First in Family to Attend College: 53%
Age Range:                                 18-60 years old
Average Age:                                29 years old
Mothers:                                        43%
Average Household Income :     $12,141
Live in Western Washington:        80%
Live in Eastern Washington:         20%

Type of College Attending        
Community/Technical: 43%
Private 4-Year:             24%
Public 4-Year:             28%
Tribal:                             5%

About Washington Women in Need
Washington Women in Need empowers women to transform their lives through higher education and health services so that they may build a better future for themselves and their families for generations to come. WWIN was established in 1992 and has provided over 5,800 grants for education and healthcare to women in Washington. http://www.wwin.org

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