WMI Scholars are determined to create meaningful changes within their communities.
The WMI Founder's Award
The WMI Founder’s Award (formerly WMI President’s Award) is a very special honor granted to select scholars who are recognized for their exceptional dedication, for going above and beyond what is expected of a young leader, and for the positive change that they are creating within their community, nation, and the world.
Meet Our WMI Founder's Award Recipients
In addition to the honor of being an award recipient each scholar also receives $1000 USD to be invested in a community project of their choice.
Dr. Melisa Clara Bhebe
This WMI Graduate Scholar awardee is actively creating a legacy within her home town of Hwange. Dr. Melisa Bhebe founded the Lwisani Uplifting Women in Education Foundation in memory of her mother and their joint passion for education. The organization provides school sponsorships and implements leadership, personal development, sexual reproductive health and career guidance programming. With this award, LUWEF will expand their support to send two adolescent girls to secondary school and purchase all of their supplies. Melisa remains dedicated to expanding LUWEF’s impact with the goal of supporting 50 students by 2030. As a true advocate for education, Melisa is expanding her own horizons as she works towards completion of a masters degree in public health at the University of Cape Town, as a fully sponsored Mandela Rhodes Scholar.
dr. catherine nagadya
WMI Founder’s Award recipients multiply their local impact. Support this unique initiative today.