WMI provides educational scholarships to highly motivated and community-minded young people, with little to no financial resources, pursuing undergraduate degrees in high-need sectors.
We fund WMI Scholars’ undergraduate education, offer skill-building opportunities and provide on-going career counseling to ensure that our scholars successfully complete their studies. In addition, we provide flexible tuition support that enables first-generation college students more support to complete their studies and succeed.
Through intensive community service projects, WMI Scholars garner hands-on leadership development alongside their academic career.
479 Scholars from 47 countries!
Our student scholars pursue degrees in various community-orientated fields, including medicine and health sciences, community development, education, and social work and fields essential to the growth of their countries, including law, agriculture, business, information technology and engineering. The WMI scholarship program currently supports students in 47 countries, with 268 student scholars and 211 graduate scholars.
WMI Scholar Spotlight
HARRIET AKELLO, UGANDA
“You have lit and given me a candle that I should not only keep burning, but use it to brighten the way to my future. I will do my best throughout my studies, so that I can use the knowledge and skills gained to create change that I want to see in my community, Uganda and beyond.”
Harriet, the sixth of eight children, grew up in a displaced persons camp in the war zone during the time of the Lord’s Resistance Army in northern Uganda. Due to the fact that she wasn’t first-born, she avoided being married off in her teens. Her brothers dropped out of high school, leaving some small funds to help Harriet receive her secondary education. Her family’s struggles to procure sufficient food along with the attendant malnutrition she observed influenced her decision to study agriculture. She aspires to work to strengthen her country’s agricultural infrastructure and food security for all Ugandans.
Meet some of our Student Scholars
Medicine and Surgery
Community Health Nursing
Over 30,000 volunteer hours completed in 2019!
SEE WHAT SOME OF OUR STUDENT SCHOLARS ARE DOING TO TRANSFORM THEIR COMMUNITIES
Israel Gidigasu led a team providing a three-day medical screening event that screened over 500 school-aged children in Eastern Ghana. After a long period of partial lockdown, with children out of school, the outreach enabled medical professionals to reconnect with children and caregivers, conduct medical screenings and provide information on COVID-19 and other health issues.
Ei Shwe Sin Nan
As a nursing student, Ei Shwe Sin volunteered in the border town of Mae Sot to teach caregivers about proper medication usage, dosage, and possible side effects. She also prepared materials related to preventing common illnesses and diseases and the growth and development goals of children. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, she could not implement all training in person and so she used Zoom. Her knowledge sharing will directly help 50 children currently receiving care at the center.
Mariam Sulleiman is the secretary of Females in Clean Energy Foundation in Nigeria, which works towards realizing sustainable development goals in local communities. She recently organized and facilitated a two-week training on solar photovoltaic technology design and installation for fellow female students, with a week-long practical session hosted in Lagos.
Emile Ngabo started the Umucyo Project which provides free sewing training to single teen mothers and life skills training on nutrition and sexual and reproductive health. Participants receive stipends for children’s food, clothing and health insurance funded by the sale of the products they make. Emile’s goal is for the project to eventually become a self-sustaining initiative.
Each year we receive over one thousand scholarship applications. In 2021, we selected 80 new student scholars.