Washburn University


Washburn Women’s Alliance

Washburn Women's AllianceMission 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.

More than $743,000 has been awarded through WWA since its inception. In spring 2015, more than $69,000 was distributed to 46 students. The 2015 reception was held May 19, 2015, in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center on the Washburn University campus. Proceeds from the annual 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 application process is now open. Applications must be post-marked or hand delivered no later than Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, to the Washburn University Foundation, 1729 SW MacVicar, Topeka, Kansas 66604. 

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20th Anniversary Video in 2015