2024 Wells Mountain Initiative (WMI) Scholarship Programme

Scholarship Summary

Applications are now open for the 2024 Wells Mountain Initiative (WMI) Scholarship Programme.

Closing date: 01 March 2024

The WMI offers:

  • Highly competitive scholarship opportunity for students in developing countries
  • Scholarships support students who are earning their first certificate, diploma or bachelor’s degree
  • Scholarship award lasts throughout all years of undergraduate education

About the Wells Mountain Initiative (WMI) Scholarship Programme

The Wells Mountain Initiative (WMI) is a public charitable foundation based in Bristol, Vermont, USA, which has been approved under 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 catalyzing community transformation.

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. The WMI scholarship does not always cover the full cost of tuition and associated educational expenses.

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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 an official copy of school/course grades, completing the semester report, and validation of community service hours.

The scholarship can be discontinued at any time in the event of unsatisfactory performance and/or dishonesty. 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.

Please note: Use of uncredited ideas and content created by other persons and use of uncredited AI-generated content is plagiarism and goes against the policies and ideals of WMI. Any applicants found to have plagiarized their essays will be considered ineligible for a scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements

A student, male or female, 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 country or another country in the developing world
● Is pursuing his or her first bachelor’s degree or diploma

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● Will be enrolled in a program of study that will benefit the community and/or contribute to the continued growth and advancement of his
or her home country
● 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
● May have some other funds available for his or her education, but will not be able to pursue his or her tertiary degree without financial

Scholarship Recipient Responsibilities

  • Maintain good grades in all university studies
  • Be an ambassador for community service and engagement
  • Perform, record and document 100 hours of community service activities throughout the year

  • Complete the Academic Semester Report & Community Service Report for WMI Scholars
  • Send official semester transcripts twice a year
  • Communicate with the Education Manager openly regarding your situation as a student

How to Apply

You will need the following information in order to complete this application:
● 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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Scholarship application mailing address:
Wells Mountain Initiative
25D Main Street
Bristol, Vermont 05443
United States of America

Closing date: March 1, 2024

Timeline of Events:

  • April-July, 2024 • Review of Applications
  • August 1, 2024 • Announcement of Scholarship Recipients
  • September 2024 • First Installment of Scholarships Wired


  • Applications should be completed in English
  • All documents can be supplied in other languages, with official English translations

Application Form:

Find the application form below:

For further information contact


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