Tessa’s Story

WWIN education grant recipient Tessa grew up in an unstable home amidst her mother’s struggles with alcoholism and depression. As she entered her teen years, Tessa faced a devastating loss. For a while, “it seemed like everything was getting better,” Tessa said. “[My mother] was getting help…but when I was 13, she committed suicide.”

Today, Tessa is reflective about her painful past not just for herself, but also for her sister. It’s what put her on a career path to be a psychologist.

“My sister was deeply impacted by our childhood…I know if she had someone to go to who could have related to her, she might not have the problems she has now.”

As a WWIN Star Scholar, Tessa receives a multi-year scholarship for her psychology studies at the University  of Washington.

“Being a Star Scholar feels amazing because I know WWIN is going to be there for me all four years,” Tessa says. “WWIN helped me to be able to focus on my grades and do the best I can at school–and pursue my education without worry about financial assistance.”

Congratulations to Tessa, who is finishing up her second year of college. We look forward to following her future success!

Watch Tessa’s story and other grantee stories at: WWIN.org/inspiringwomen

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Supporting our Star Scholars

WWIN’s annual Sip for Stars event is coming up on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Januik Winery in Woodinville. Guests will enjoy an evening of award winning wines and appetizers while sharing in fun games with friends. They’ll also get to meet inspiring Star Scholars–all while raising funds for WWIN’s Star Scholar program.  Tickets are $75 per person. For more information contact us at wwininfo@wwin.org.