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.
Mayom’s Community Development Fund began as a micro-grant project in 2015 and expanded with this award to transform the villages surrounding Rumbek. Over 189 loans, of which 70% supported female-initiated projects, led to the creation of new income-generating activities which reduce the prevalence of absolute poverty. In four years, the CDF has experienced 500% capital growth (taking into account extreme inflation) and continues to be the most trusted micro-lending group in the local region.
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Catherine founded Girls Unstoppable Uganda in 2016 to promote the importance of female education. This local NGO enables young girls to continue their secondary school studies with locally funded scholarships. GU-UG has hosted menstruation hygiene clinics in rural schools coupled with the distribution of reusable sanitary pads. The organization continues to grow and plans to provide more sponsorships to help bright female students and expand to provide career guidance beyond the secondary school level.
As a current Student Scholar, Esther is involved in many community service projects on health and education and the importance of sanitation to community health. She is founder of a non-profit on her campus called The TriHealthon. Its major areas of focus are sexual and reproductive health, childhood malnutrition and vaccination. She leads a team of fellow medical students passionate about improving healthcare services.
Dedicated to improving his nation, Ralf founded Rebuilding Haiti after Hurricane Matthew to assist with disaster relief. Rebuilding Haiti repaired roofs throughout the region, provided access to medical treatment, and enabled communities to access clean water. The organization has since expanded with the mission of providing community members with the tools necessary to better themselves.
Sujan pledges to tackle the issue of food insecurity in Nepal. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kathmandu was shut off from the rest of the nation. In an effort to provide immediate relief and long-term food access, Sujan provided basic dry good staples and vegetable seeds to 160 people. His dedication extends to rural communities where he is implementing a Community Development Seed Grant with 30 small-scale female farmers. Sujan designed a commercial farming capacity training, hands-on exercises and provided trainees with hybrid, off-season, high-yield seed varieties for increased vegetable production. Together with a team of fellow agriculturalists they will continue to support the farmers and monitor the new farming practices to aid in achieving larger crop yields.
WMI Founder’s Award recipients multiply their local impact. Support this unique initiative today.