The Wells Mountain Initiative education fund for developing countries students was established to create social change through education and community building by providing bright young people in the developing countries with student scholarships and skills training, building a network of grassroots leaders who are catalyzing community transformation.
The education fund is Wells Mountain Foundation created through the Empowerment Through Education (ETE) program to empower undergraduate students in developing countries nationals to study in their home country or a neighbouring country. The creator of the Wells Mountain Foundation believes in the power and importance of community service; therefore, all scholarship participants are required to volunteer for a minimum of 100 hours a year.
Wells Mountain Initiative has provided 345 education fund to students in 42 countries with scholarships, professional development and skill building. The foundation provides financial and social support to undergraduate students obtaining degrees in community-oriented
Wells Mountain Initiative Education Fund for Developing Countries Students Details
If you are interested in the Wells Mountain Foundation education fund, you must be a student (Male or Female) from a country in the developing world who:
- Successfully completed a secondary education, with good to excellent grades
- Will be studying in his or her country or another country in the developing world
- Plans to live and work in his or her own country after graduation
- Has volunteered prior to applying for this scholarship and/or is willing to volunteer while receiving the Wells Mountain Initiative scholarship
- May have some other funds available for his or her education, but will not be able to go to school without a scholarship
The education fund is determined by the board of directors of the Wells Mountain Initiative and awarded once a year. Applications must be received by April 1 of each year to be considered for the following academic year. The selected WMI Scholarship recipients will be emailed on August 1. Their names will also be published on our website homepage and the WMI Facebook page. Those who do not receive a scholarship will also be notified after August.
How to Become a Competitive Applicant for the Education Fund
- Become a member of a community service group and record all of your service activities (dates, activities, time spent, photographs, etc.)
- Collect your secondary school transcript, national exam results and grading keys to interpret your results
- Request two letters of recommendation on official stationery from two people who know you professionally/personally and can showcase the reasons you deserve this scholarship
- Have all of your documents translated into English
Applications from qualified applicants will be accepted from all applicants. But, before applying, you are strongly encourage to read the Wells Mountain Initiative Scholar Program Information Sheet and also the Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Scholars document. These 2 documents will assist you in determining your eligibility and guide you in the application process.
The following are required elements for an application to be considered completed for the education fund:
- Clear personal photo
- Two essays (topics are stated on application form)
- Application form
- Personal essay statement
- Two recommendation letters*
- Official transcript of grades from secondary school
- Official grading key to interpret secondary school grades**
- Official transcript of grades from tertiary studies (if applicable)
- Official grading key to interpret tertiary grades**
- Official results from your national exam
- Official grading key to interpret scores on your national exam
Recommendation letters vary throughout cultures. You can read the guidelines for Effective Application-Recommendation Letters to assist the education fund applicants in seeking letters that will be supportive of their application. Read this document and share it with the individuals who will be writing your letters of support.
Official grading keys must be provided by the school issuing the grades or the government issuing the national exam. Grading keys that are not official will result in your application being disqualified. Contact your secondary school, university, or government for this document. You can visit the application website to apply online. You will be redirected to a portal where you will be asked to create a free account (username and password), fill out information and upload documents.
We strongly suggest that you apply online as it will provide you with the opportunity to save your work and return multiple times. You will also guarantee that your application, once submitted online, will be received and reviewed.