Great news! Because of the opportunity all WWIN eligible grantees now have for low or no-cost comprehensive healthcare through Apple Health – Washington State’s version of the Affordable Care Act, WWIN is able to fund 72 education grants this year. This is double the amount of last year and will continue to increase each year.
In recognition of “gaps” in Apple Health coverage, we have established a Health Care Gap Fund to address crucial necessities such as uncovered dental services and lack of access to providers, particularly in mental health services. It is important to us to insure that women do not fall through the cracks during this time of change.
With fewer resources needed for healthcare we are excited to introduce a pilot Scholarship Initiative, through which a small number of applicants will receive ongoing funding and support as they complete their two or four year program. Education empowers women to shape their futures and lift themselves out of poverty, raising their self-esteem and increasing the odds that their families will also develop the skills and tools to continue on a path of success.
We are excited for the future – and to continue the legacy you all have helped establish. As we have for the past 21 years, WWIN will continue to provide for crucial unmet health needs and support higher education. Our commitment is unchanged: To harness the power of education and health services to lift low income women and their families to a better life and financial stability for generations to come.