Wells Mountain Foundation Education Scholarships for Developing Country Students (Bachelor’s Degree)
Deadline: 1 March 2020 (annual)
WMI Fellowships provide student scholars and graduate scholars with the unique opportunity to expand their social and professional networks in their nation. WMI Student Scholars & Graduate Scholars are encouraged to create strong bonds and assist one another throughout the process of succeeding academically and professionally through the creation of WMI Fellowship groups.
WMI scholarships range from $300 USD to $3000 USD annually and are provided
throughout the undergraduate education of the recipient. While our maximum
scholarship is $3000 USD, we rarely award this high an amount. Our average
scholarship amount is $1500 USD.
The scholarship may be used for:
● Tuition and fees
● Books and materials
● Room rent and meals
Level/Field(s) of study:
Bachelor’s Degree in any field of study but applications are encouraged from those interested in pursuing degrees that will best help their local communities – medicine & health sciences, community development, law, education, social work, business, information technology, agriculture and engineering.
Interested in Becoming a WMI Scholar?
Ideal Candidate – A student, male or female, from a country in the developing world who:
Successfully completed secondary education, with good to excellent grades
Is 35 or under on March 1, 2020
Will be studying in his or her country or another country in the developing world*
Is pursuing his or her first bachelor’s degree or diploma
Will be enrolled in a program of study that will benefit the community and/or contributes to the continued growth and advancement of his or her home country
Plans to live and work in his or her own country after graduation
Has demonstrated his or her commitment to giving back and has volunteered prior to applying
May have some other funds available for his or her education, but will not be able to go to pursue his or her tertiary degree without financial assistance
Applications must be received by March 1 of each year to be considered for the following academic year. WMI Scholars are selected through an in-depth multi-step review process. The selected WMI Scholars will be emailed on August 1. Their names will also be published on our website homepage and the WMI Facebook page. Those who are not selected will also be notified after August 1.
*Scholars planning to study in the United States, Canada, Australia, UK or Western Europe will not qualify for a WMI Scholarship
Tips for Becoming a Competitive Applicant
The following are suggestions to enhance your application:
Record all of your service activities (dates, activities, time spent, photographs, etc.)
Collect your secondary school transcript, national exam results and grading keys to interpret your results
Request two letters of recommendation on official stationery from two people who know you professionally/personally and can showcase the reasons you deserve this scholarship
Have all of your documents translated into English
WMI Scholars Program 2020
Applications from qualified applicants will be accepted until March 1, 2020. Before applying, we strongly encourage you to read the WMI Scholar Program Information Sheet and also the Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Scholars document. These two documents will assist you in determining your eligibility and guide you in the application process.
The following are required elements for an application to be considered complete:
Clear personal photo
Essay (topic is stated on the application form)
2020 application form
Personal essay statement
Two recommendation letters*
Official transcript of grades from secondary school
Official grading key to interpret secondary school grades**
Official transcript of grades from tertiary studies (if applicable)
Official grading key to interpret tertiary grades**
Official results from your national exam
Official grading key to interpret scores on your national exam**
Recommendation letters vary throughout cultures. Guidelines for Effective Application-Recommendation Letters to assist applicants in seeking letters that will be supportive of their application. Read this document and share it with the individuals who will be writing your letters of support.
**Official grading keys must be provided by the school issuing the grades or the government issuing the national exam. Grading keys that are not official will result in your application being disqualified. Contact your secondary school, university, or government for this document.