WMI Graduate Scholars

With degrees in areas that your nations need most critically, abundant local knowledge and a diverse network developed while studying, we believe that you will continue to maximize your professional and social experiences to lead and positively impact your communities each and every day.

Your Scholar Journey isn’t over, you can climb higher. Learn more about the Scholar Journey programs that are designed just for WMI Graduate Scholars.

Graduate Scholar Opportunities

Community Development Grants

The Community Development Grants Program is open exclusively to WMI Graduate Scholars. This program is an opportunity for scholars to design initiatives to address community needs related to healthcare, education, the environment, women’s rights, economic development and more.

We believe that local solutions are the best solutions. As a local leader within your community, you have a better understanding of the area’s needs and your initiative will be rooted in community partnerships, engagement and trust.

The Community Development Grants program includes two opportunities for funding. First is the Seed Grant as an award of up to $1000 USD and for qualifying applicants the Growth Grant will support continued expansion of initiatives with a maximum grant of $5000 USD.

Are you a graduate scholar and interested in learning more? To learn about the Seed Grant Click Here and the Growth Grant Click Here.

Ways to Collaborate with other Student and
Graduate Scholars

WMI Fellowships

WMI Fellowships provide student scholars and graduate scholars with the unique opportunity to expand their social and professional networks in their nation. WMI 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.

These groups are founded by WMI Student Scholars & Graduate Scholars and have led to the building of support systems that provide networking, mentorship opportunities and group community service projects and activities.

Thirteen WMI Fellowships have been established in Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe! If you are from one of these nations, reach out to one of the current leaders and introduce yourself!

If you want to start a WMI Fellowship in your nation, are an existing Fellowship interested in the Fellowship Development Fund check out the Fellowship resources.

Thomas Sevordzi, President 

Teresa Musila, Chairperson

Platon S. Plakar Jr, Chairperson

Patrick Banda, President

William Arael Arista Saldana, President

Mariam Sulleiman, President 

Larry Maredza, Chairperson 

Jean de Dieu Hategekimana, Chairperson 

Sierra Leone 
Abdul Koroma, Head of Fellowship 

South Sudan 
Lee Victor, Chairperson 

Prossy Alanyo, Chairperson 

Cliffton Chifuwe, Chairperson 

Grace Tiwari & Deekshanta Sitaula, Group Leaders 

Connect with WMI Scholars

WMI Dream Big Conferences

The Dream Big Conference brings together current Student Scholars and Graduate Scholars to learn, network, and create in-country WMI Fellowship groups. All WMI Student Scholars and Graduate Scholars are invited to attend the conferences, which take place every three years. Participants are provided partial travel stipends and are encouraged to raise funds themselves to make this opportunity a reality. Conference attendees participate in workshops, panels, team-building exercises, and community service activities. They hear from inspirational speakers, participate in WMI Graduate Scholars and community service panels, and form new bonds and networks. The next WMI Dream Big Conference will take place in Nairobi, Kenya.

Global Advisory Board

The Global Advisory Board was created in 2019 and is your opportunity as a WMI Scholar to actively impact and influence the future of the Scholar Journey experience and new WMI programs. WMI Global Advisory Board Members are invested in the scholar experience and exemplify the values of community leadership, partnership, and honesty. Board members have the responsibility to serve as the collective voice of WMI Scholars and will provide direction and recommendations on a wide variety of issues to the Wells Mountain Initiative organization. Does this sound like you? If so, learn more on the Global Advisory Board page. 

New board members will be appointed each year, with each scholar serving a 2-year term. The next application period will begin on February 2024.

WMI Medical Scholar Resources

WMI is building a strong network for medical scholars which will help with career development in different fields, which in turn helps them give back to their communities. If you are studying or have graduated with a degree in medicine and surgery, clinical medicine, public/community health, pharmacy, medical laboratories, nursing/midwifery, psychology/counseling, or dentistry continue learning more about the additional support being provided. Click here to learn more.

Educate Your Own Initiative

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. To learn more about this scholar-led initiative and how to become an EYO Representative click here.

WMI Online

WMI Official Facebook Page 

Please be sure to ‘Like’ the WMI Facebook Page to receive updates; we want to see you engaging with our supporters!

WMI Student Scholars and Graduate Scholars Facebook Group

Only WMI Student Scholars and Graduate Scholars have access to membership within this group. We encourage you to introduce yourself in a post here, share your community service involvements, accomplishments and ideas.

WMI Contact

Nicole Schmitz, Director of Global Operations
E-mail: nicole@wellsmountain.com

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