Course Level: Undergraduate (bachelor’s)
Provider: Wells Mountain Foundation
Country to Study in: Any developing country
The Wells Mountain Foundation (WMF), a public charitable foundation based in Bristol, Vermont, USA, funds the Empowerment Through Education Scholarship Program for individuals in developing nations or other situations of extreme poverty.
WMF hopes that by providing the opportunity to further one’s education, the scholarship participants will not only be able to improve their own future, but also that of their own communities.
The foundation believes in the power and importance of community service and, as a result, all scholarship participants are required to volunteer for a minimum of one month a year.
ATTENTION SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS!
It has come to the attention of WMF that someone is trying to defraud those who apply for the WMF scholarships. No matter what you may be told there are NO FEES required to submit a scholarship application to the Wells Mountain Foundation! You only need to submit a complete application through the official website (link to it is below), by the annual deadline each year of April 1. If someone contacts you saying a fee is required, please forward that email to firstname.lastname@example.org. WMF would very much like to prosecute this fraud.
The ideal candidate is any 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 their country or another country in the developing world
- plans to live and work in their own country after they graduate
- has volunteered prior to applying for this scholarship and/or is willing to volunteer while receiving the WMF scholarship
- may have some other funds available for their education, but will not be able to go to school without a scholarship
Citizens of ANY developing country
Your choice of ANY institution in your home country or in ANY other developing country
Fields of study
All fields of undergraduate study are eligible; although WMF tends to favor professions such as health care, social work, education, social justice, as well as, professions that help the economy and progress of the country such as computers, engineering, agriculture and business.
Scholarships are generally granted for the full period of study, however, recipients must maintain good grades and provide copies of all semester reports and grades as they are received. The scholarship can be discontinued at any time in the event of unsatisfactory performance.
Scholarships range from $300 USD to $3000 USD. While the maximum scholarship is $3000 USD, WMF rarely award this amount. The average scholarship amount is $1400. Award covers Tuition and fees, Books and materials, and Room rent and meal.
WMF does not fund the following:
- Education at a college, polytechnic or university in the United States, UK, Australia, or Europe (except Bergen Community College in Paramus, NJ, USA – see FAQ question #8 on official website for reasons and explanations). Education in these countries, while excellent, is too expensive for WMF scholarship amounts to be effective.
- Masters or Doctorate degrees – WMF prefer to use its limited resources to assist young people in getting their initial tertiary degree. A medical degree, however, is acceptable.
- Laptop computers, conferences or trips
- Debts or past due tuition bills
Method of Application
Before applying, WMF strongly encourages you to read the Empowerment Through Education information Flyer and also the Empowerment Through Education Application Frequently Asked Questions document. These two documents will assist you in determining your eligibility and guide you in the application process.
There are two ways to apply: Online and by mailing in a completed application packet to WMF office.
1). APPLYING ONLINE: You will need to create an account (username and password), fill out information and upload documents. WMF 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.
2). MAIL-IN: You will need to print the 2016 application form and it is your responsibility to clearly complete it and attach all required supporting documents before sending it to WMF. Applications must be received by April 1, 2016 in WMF office. Applications that arrive after April 1, 2016 will not be reviewed. This means that you must allow at least three weeks to mail your application to WMF from outside the USA. Only send one completed application. Incomplete or additional mailings with supporting documents will be discarded. WMF highly encourage applicants to apply online to ensure the delivery of their completed application.
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information; and to EITHER access the online application portal, OR to download/print the application form.
The 2016 Empowerment Through Education program application will be available on the WMF website from December 15, 2015. Completed applications from qualified applicants will be accepted until April 1, 2016.
WMF wishes everyone luck in preparing their applications and encourages all applicants to remember that acceptance in the Empowerment Through Education program requires a dedicated interest in community service, improving your nation, and working within your country after graduation.
Wells Mountain Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, tax exempt organization, qualified under IRC section 501(c)(3), that provides funding and support to charitable organizations and programs. It supports organizations that serve individuals and families in need of assistance as a result of economic challenges and, in many cases, extreme poverty. Emphasis is on programs in education, literacy and the arts.
Application Deadline: 1 April 2016
Open to International students: Yes