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Whitworth student wins $10,000 national scholarship for adult learners

October 14, 2011

Whitworth is pleased to announce that Mary Torres, '13, has won first place in the Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) scholarship competition, receiving a prize of $10,000.

This is the first time a student from the Spokane chapter has won first place.

"This scholarship will help lighten my financial load and will alleviate my stress as I keep pushing forward in my continuing education," Torres says.

Torres applied for and won a $1,000 ASIST scholarship and was then entered into a pool for the $10,000 national scholarship.

The ASIST program was established by Executive Women International (EWI) for adult students in a variety of transitional situations. The award assists in school-related expenses such as tuition, books and mandatory university fees.

Torres was motivated to return to school because she didn't have sufficient job experience and she wanted to provide a better life for her three children.

"Especially as a single parent, this scholarship will give me the ability to encourage others in letting them know the importance of education and that anything is possible when you put your faith in the Lord," Torres says. "This will be an amazing testimony to others as I continue in my education."

Torres is currently in her second year at Whitworth, working toward a bachelor's of liberal studies degree in social services through the Whitworth in the Evening program for working adults.

"After I graduate, I hope to have a stable job as a counselor to disadvantage teenagers in dysfunctional families or kids with incarcerated parents," Torres says. She also hopes to be an advocate for women who are victims of domestic violence.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or