What We Do


Washington Women in Need believes in the power of determined women to transform their lives and the course of their families’ lives for generations to come. We address a deep need in society, providing women a hand up to improve their futures. This in turn strengthens their families and our society as a whole.

We make financial grants to women in Washington State who are ready for transformational change in two areas: Education and Health Care

Star Scholars program removes a financial barrier to low-income students seeking higher education. Scholars receive up to $5000 per year, and $20,000 over their college career that they may use for tuition and required books at accredited Washington colleges and universities. Learn more about applying for an education grant

Health Care Grants ensure access to health care services, covering select dental and vision services for women who have Apple Health or Medicare insurance coverage. Grantees receive a one-time Grant that they may use with the health care provider of their choice. Learn more about applying for a health care grant.


Each year, WWIN provides significant financial assistance for higher education and health care:

  • 169 grants, ranging from $200 to $5,000, were awarded in the last year
  • Since 1992 WWIN has provided over 6,300 grants to women
  • 51% are employed full- or part-time
  • 39% receive public benefits
  • The average age is 31 and the age range is 18-67
  • 52% are White/Caucasian and 48% are non-White
  • 45% are from the Seattle metropolitan area (King, Pierce, Snohomish Counties); 21% are from Western Washington, outside Seattle metropolitan area; and 34% are from Eastern Washington

Our Education Grant Recipients

  • They attend 29 community, public, private, and tribal colleges across the State
  • Their average cost of tuition, fees, books, and supplies for this academic year is $27,925
  • Our grantees’ average annual household income is just $23,233
  • 53% are the first in their families to go to college
  • Their average GPA is 3.5
  • 99% of current grant recipients are on track to graduate on time


Our Health Care Grant Recipients

  • 79% receive funding for dental crowns and bridges to replace missing or broken teeth
  • 17% receive funding for glasses or contact lenses to see better at work, school, and home
  • 3% receive funding for mental health counseling (one of our grantees received grants for more than one service)
  • Nearly 100% cite going back to school or work as goals and look to their WWIN grant to help them achieve this

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WWIN Star Scholars Application Now Open!

WWIN is officially accepting applications for 2019 Scholarships, which offer hardworking women enrolled in an accredited Washington State school the necessary funding to continue their educations. App
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