Announcing the WMI 2023 Scholars
Congratulations to these 65 students representing 16 countries chosen from 1478 applicants
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Social Change Through Education and Community Building
Where young people are able to realize their full potential and become leaders in creating the changes they want to see in their communities and, ultimately, the world.
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Wells Mountain Initiative works to create social change through education and community building by providing bright young people in the developing world with student scholarships, skills training, and start-up funding, building a network of grassroots leaders who are catalyzing community transformation.

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✨✨GRADUATE SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT✨✨

Dr. Melisa Bhebe (pictured below, second from right) is a WMI Graduate Scholar from Zimbabwe. She graduated with a degree in Medicine & Surgery in 2017. In 2022, Dr Melisa received the The Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship to complete her masters in South Africa.

Melisa started the Lwisani Uplifting Women In Education-LUWIE FOUNDATION to educate and empower girls from her hometown. This initiative is inspired by her personal story as a young girl growing up in Hwange, during which she was immensely aware of the challenges faced by girls and young women in her community. In Melisa’s words,  “I had the privilege of an education and the love of a mother who believed in my dreams and tirelessly invested in me. She was public spirited, an educator who specialized in vulnerable children and sowed the seed of change in everyone around her.

WMI is proud to support young women like Melisa, not only through scholarship support but also by empowering them to tackle the issues facing their own communities!

✨✨GRADUATE SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT✨✨

Dr. Melisa Bhebe (pictured below, second from right) is a WMI Graduate Scholar from Zimbabwe. She graduated with a degree in Medicine & Surgery in 2017. In 2022, Dr Melisa received the The Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship to complete her masters in South Africa.

Melisa started the Lwisani Uplifting Women In Education-LUWIE FOUNDATION to educate and empower girls from her hometown. This initiative is inspired by her personal story as a young girl growing up in Hwange, during which she was immensely aware of the challenges faced by girls and young women in her community. In Melisa’s words, “I had the privilege of an education and the love of a mother who believed in my dreams and tirelessly invested in me. She was public spirited, an educator who specialized in vulnerable children and sowed the seed of change in everyone around her."

WMI is proud to support young women like Melisa, not only through scholarship support but also by empowering them to tackle the issues facing their own communities!
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THANK YOU for making this year's Igniting Change Virtual Event a tremendous success! 🥳

Last week we heard from two of WMI's extraordinary women scholars, as they recounted their academic and professional journeys, and the role that WMI has played in advancing and supporting those milestones.

🔸Dr. Phinuella Okunamiri of Nigeria detailed her path from medicine to psychiatry, and her passion for destigmatizing mental health in her home country, where counseling and psychiatric treatment are still considered taboo.

🔸Niraja Bhitrikoti of Nepal shared on why she chose to study Business Administration, a path that is less common for women in her home country, as well as her work with WMI's Global Advisory Board.

IF YOU WERE NOT ABLE TO JOIN, please take a moment to watch the video below! And thank you again for all the many ways you support the young women leaders of tomorrow.

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This is great, it's my desire and wish that one day God will answer my prayer and be one of WMI scholar

Wao, I missed alot, hoping to be part of you

WMI You great work, blessings upon you 🙏

We are proud to serve young leaders like Niraja, by helping to forge that equitable path forward for hundreds of WMI Scholars.

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I am so proud of this work and the accomplishments of all

So well said. Dream, Plan, Do!

Nice, how I wish one day to share my story. After I become wmi scholar

An encouraging... Everyone has a story

I like this

this is powerful

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🎉🎉 EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT! 🎉🎉

Wells Mountain Initiative is delighted to share that graduate scholar Jeremiah Thoronka (2019 - 2021) from Sierra Leone has been named to Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 2024. Jeremiah, the founder and CEO of Optim Energy, also served as a WMI Global Advisory Board member.

Jeremiah received this extraordinary honor from Forbes for his innovative work in the climate change and sustainability sector. He was also the first winner of the Chegg Global Student Prize 2021, recognized as an exceptional student who has made a real impact on learning, the lives of his peers, and on society broadly. 

Congratulations, Jeremiah! WMI couldn’t be more proud. 👏👏👏

🎉🎉 EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT! 🎉🎉

Wells Mountain Initiative is delighted to share that graduate scholar Jeremiah Thoronka (2019 - 2021) from Sierra Leone has been named to Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 2024. Jeremiah, the founder and CEO of Optim Energy, also served as a WMI Global Advisory Board member.

Jeremiah received this extraordinary honor from Forbes for his innovative work in the climate change and sustainability sector. He was also the first winner of the Chegg Global Student Prize 2021, recognized as an exceptional student who has made a real impact on learning, the lives of his peers, and on society broadly.

Congratulations, Jeremiah! WMI couldn’t be more proud. 👏👏👏
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Congratulations 🎈👏

Congratulations!

Congratulations bro! WMI must be so proud of you🥳

Congratulations 🎊

Congratulations Jeremiah, keep on making positive impact

Congratulations veteran scholar

Congratulations brother! Optimistic to joining the next cohort.

Congratulations 👏 we are proud of you 🤝

Congratulations. .this is good news

Congratulations I will get in touch

Congratulations Jeremiah!!

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Jeanette Iranzi is a fourth-year student from Kamembe City, Rwanda and is studying medicine at the University of Rwanda in Kigali. Jeanette decided to pursue medicine and surgery to aid those in her community. After graduating, Jeanette plans to work as a doctor on health problems such as non-communicable diseases, neglected tropical diseases and community acquired diseases like tuberculosis, which are a major concern in Rwanda. 

Pictured here, is Jeanette working on one of her many community service projects in Gasabo district of Rwanda. She assisted in cultivating mushrooms for community members and helped educate and promote a balanced diet. Jeanette is a great example of how WMI Scholars engage and give back to their communities through service projects. Keep up the great work! 

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Jeanette Iranzi is a fourth-year student from Kamembe City, Rwanda and is studying medicine at the University of Rwanda in Kigali. Jeanette decided to pursue medicine and surgery to aid those in her community. After graduating, Jeanette plans to work as a doctor on health problems such as non-communicable diseases, neglected tropical diseases and community acquired diseases like tuberculosis, which are a major concern in Rwanda.

Pictured here, is Jeanette working on one of her many community service projects in Gasabo district of Rwanda. She assisted in cultivating mushrooms for community members and helped educate and promote a balanced diet. Jeanette is a great example of how WMI Scholars engage and give back to their communities through service projects. Keep up the great work!

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This is encouraging

I am from Afghanistan I want go to USA for scholarships please can I apply to me

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