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2024 WELLS MOUNTAIN INITIATIVE SCHOLARS PROGRAM FOR STUDYING IN LOCAL AND AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES, COLLEGES AND VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS

Deadline: 1 March 2024



The Wells Mountain Initiative (WMI) is a public charitable foundation based in Bristol, Vermont, USA, which has been approved by the United States Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3). WMI works to create social change through education and community building by providing bright young people in the developing world with student scholarships and skills training, building a network of grassroots leaders who are catalysing community transformation.


SCHOLARSHIP

Each year, WMI provides support to students as they pursue various educational objectives. Support is provided for post-secondary school (university, polytechnic, trade school). Financial support is primarily to cover tuition and school fees and directly related expenses, including books and supplies. Scholarships are generally granted for the full period of study; however, recipients must maintain good grades, participate in community service and meet WMI deadlines for submitting official course grades.


The scholarship awards are determined by volunteer reviewers and the Scholarship Committee of the Board of Directors and are awarded once a year on August 1. 


WMI scholarships range from $300 USD (E5,600) to $3000 USD (E56,600) annually and are provided throughout the undergraduate education of the recipient. While our maximum scholarship is $3000 USD, we rarely award this high an amount. Our average scholarship amount is $1500 USD (E28, 314).


STUDENTS PURSUING MEDICINE ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP AS MEDICINE IS ELIGIBLE, INCLUDING IN SADC UNIVERSITIES SUCH AS UNIVERSITY OF BOTSWANA, AND UNIVERSITIES IN ZAMBIA.



ELIGIBILITY

A student from a country in the developing world who:

  • Successfully completed a secondary education with good to excellent grades 

  • Is 35 years old or under on August 1, 2024

  • Will be studying in his or her own country or another country in Africa 

  • Is pursuing his or her first bachelor's degree or diploma 

  • Plans to live and work in his or her own country after graduation 

  • Has demonstrated his or her commitment to giving back and has volunteered prior to applying.

  • This scholarship is only for students to study in their own or another African University 

  • Scholars planning to study in the United States, Canada, Australia, UK or Western Europe will not qualify for a WMI Scholarship  


HOW TO APPLY


If you qualify, now is the time to apply for this exciting opportunity! Since 2005, WMI has supported more than 700 students worldwide. Please note that in recent years, they have only been able to select approximately 5% of applicants to become a part of this program. The number we select is based solely upon limited funding, as nearly all applicants are extremely deserving. Applicants are encouraged to apply AND to continue searching for additional ways to finance your education.


APPLYING 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. File format types accepted are: JPG, PNG, GIF, DOC, DOCX, PDF (version 10 or newer).


THERE IS NO APPLICATION FEE!



You will need the following information in order to complete this application:


  • Clear personal photo

  • Essay (topic is stated on application form)

  • 2024 application form

  • Personal essay statement

  • Grade transcripts from schools attended

  • National exam results if applicable

  • Tuition fees structure (can find on target school website if not accepted yet)

  • Personal statement

  • Essay question

  • Two recommendation letters

  • Headshot photo  


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