Educate Your Own

Educate Your Own (EYO) is an official fundraising campaign led by current WMI Student and Graduate Scholars to support one another by advocating for a zero dropout rate among continuing students who are facing financial challenges. The campaign was introduced by WMI Graduate Scholar Johnson Abuto and adopted by his fellow peers in 2018. Together WMI Scholars are aiming to financially support one new WMI Student Scholar with full scholarship funding*.

*New scholars supported by Educate Your Own will be selected through the formal WMI Scholarship application process. The selected beneficiary must meet all new scholar requirements, complete the vetting process before the scholarship award is presented, and continue to provide the required reports to the WMI Student Scholar Coordinator.

Purpose and Goal

The Educate Your Own initiative is our way as WMI Scholars who have and continue to benefit from the WMI Scholars Program to give the same opportunity to at least one more deserving young person in the developing world. We want to pay-it-forward and educate our own. The ultimate goal of supporting one of our own is to ensure that the deserving scholar is able to continue their studies, graduates from university, and grows as a person that creates positive impacts in their society.

Participate Today!

All WMI Scholars are welcome to participate in this scholar-led initiative. As WMI Scholars we are working to support one another through national fellowship involvement, mentoring, friendship, and also by combining our financial resources to enable another deserving student to actualize their dream of studying and earning a degree.
Together we can meet our goals! Donations starting at $5 USD are appreciated.
To make a donation, contact Dr. Melisa Bhebe at

*At this time EYO is only accepting donations from current WMI Scholars. If you are interested in helping to support very bright, academically successful, and committed young leaders continue with their education in developing nations, please consider donating directly to the Wells Mountain Initiative’s Scholar Program on the donate page.

Become an EYO Representative

The EYO leadership team is currently seeking WMI Scholars to become EYO Representatives within their nation. An EYO Representative will be a champion of the EYO program, help raise awareness with other scholars and assist in fundraising efforts. If you are interested in this role, please contact Johnson Abuto at

Current EYO Leadership

The EYO fundraising campaign is managed by a team of current WMI Scholars. If you are interested in joining our team, please let us know!


Melisa Bhebe

Graduate Scholar


Co-Chairperson & Treasurer
Graduate Scholar


South Sudan
Graduate Scholar


Communications Officer


Student Scholar

A second level of leadership is provided by WMI Scholars who volunteer as country representatives. These individuals help to increase awareness, encourage donations from other scholars within their nations and provide updates to the EYO leadership team. Additional advising assistance is provided by WMI Staff when requested.

A Big Thank You to WMI Scholar Donors in 2019

The following WMI Scholars have contributed to the Educate Your Own Initiative:

  • Alpha Pokharel, Nepal
  • Bonny Mark Alinga, Uganda
  • David Ouma Otieno, Kenya
  • Jackline Anyango Ombura, Kenya
  • Johnson Abuto, Kenya
  • Leju Modi Benjamin, South Sudan
  • Loice Akinyi Ang’ienda, Kenya
  • Melisa Bhebe, Zimbabwe
  • Phiona Kituy, Uganda
  • Richard Duku, South Sudan
  • Sihlobo Khumalo, Zimbabwe

WMI Contact

Nicole Schmitz, Assistant Director