EducatION

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. 

549 Scholars from 51 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 51 countries, with 322 student scholars and 237 graduate scholars.

WMI Scholar Spotlight

NSOFWA MUKOSA , ZAMBIA
BUSINESS AND FINANCE MANAGEMENT

I remember walking home from my bus drop-off point on the last day of volunteering in tears because I felt like I had found my purpose in life….”

Nsofwa, the first of three children, was born and raised in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. She lost her father when she was eight years old and her mother passed away two years later. Nsofwa and her younger siblings were taken in by an aunt who was mostly absent, which left Nsofwa to fend for her younger siblings although she was only 10 years old. With the help of other relatives and members from her church, she was able to graduate from high school. Nsofwa made the decision to pursue a career in business administration and finance because of her life experiences; she became aware of her strengths in management and analysis as she started managing the home she grew up in, taking care of her siblings’ needs and running a small business to ensure the family had food. When COVID-19 peaked in Zambia she volunteered to quarantine at the childcare facility she was working at for three months to ensure that the children continued receiving quality educational instruction while the nation closed schools and implemented a widespread lock-down.

Meet some of our Student Scholars

MARISOL GARCIA CRUZ

Mexico
Agriculture

MANTY SUMA

Sierra Leone
Medicine

JOSEPH PAUL ELONGIMA HENRY

Rwanda
Global Challenges

CHRISANT OBALA

Kenya
Medicine

38,944 volunteer hours completed in 2021!

SEE WHAT SOME OF OUR STUDENT SCHOLARS ARE DOING TO TRANSFORM THEIR COMMUNITIES

Israel Gidigasu

Ghana

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

Thailand

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

Nigeria

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

Rwanda

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.