Applications for WMF International Scholarships must be received by March 1 of each year to be considered for the following academic year. WMI Scholars are selected through an in-depth, multi-step review process. Selected WMI Scholars will be emailed on August 1. Their names will also be published on the home page of our website and the WMI Facebook page. Those not selected after August 1 will also be notified.

Our ideal candidate – a student, male or female, from a country in the developing world who:

  • Successfully complete his secondary education, with good to excellent grades
  • You are 35 years old or younger
  • Will study in his or her country or another country in the developing world
  • Seeking a bachelor's degree or first diploma
  • Will be enrolled in a study program that will benefit society and/or contribute to the continued growth and progress of his or her country of origin. 
  • Plan to live and work in his or her country after graduation
  • Show your commitment to giving back and volunteer before applying
  • He may have some other funds available for his or her education, but will not be able to go on to pursue his or her college studies without financial assistance

 Applications must be received by March 1 of each year to be considered for the following academic year. WMI Scholars are selected through an in-depth, multi-step review process. Selected WMI scholars will be emailed on August 1. Their names will also be published on the home page of our website and the WMI Facebook page. Those not selected after August 1 will also be notified.

Young people who plan to study in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, or Western Europe will not be eligible for a WMI scholarship.

Tips for becoming a competitive applicant

Here are suggestions to improve your app:

  • Record all your service activities (dates, activities, time spent, photos, etc.)
  • Collect your high school transcript, national exam results, and grade keys to interpret your results
  • Request two letters of recommendation on official stationery from two people who know you professionally/personally and can offer reasons why you are worthy of this scholarship
  • Translate all your documents into English

The following elements are required for the application to be considered complete:

  • A clear personal photo
  • Application form
  • Personal essay statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An official transcript of high school grades
  • Official grade key for interpreting high school grades
  • Official transcript of grades from graduate studies (if applicable)
  • Official score key for interpreting higher education degrees
  • Official results from your national exam
  • The official score key to interpret scores on your national exam

How to apply

If you qualify, it's time to apply for this exciting opportunity! Since 2005, we have supported over 479 students worldwide. Please note that in recent years, we have only been able to select approximately 5% of applicants to become part of this programme. The number we choose is based solely on limited funding, as almost all applicants are highly deserving. As our organization grows, the number of WMI Scholars we can accept will increase each year. We encourage you to apply and continue to look for additional ways to finance your education.

There are two ways to apply: online, or by mailing a completed application packet to our office.

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 highly suggest that you apply online as it will give you the opportunity to save your work and come back multiple times. You will also ensure that your application, once submitted online, will be received and reviewed.

Accepted file format types are: JPG, PNG, GIF, DOC, DOCX, and PDF (version 10 or later).

Attention Scholarship Applicants!

No matter what you may be told, there are no fees Required to submit a grant application to the Wells Mountain Initiative! Simply submit a complete application through our website, by our only deadline each year on 1 March. If someone contacts you saying a fee is required, please send this email to [email protected] . We would strongly like to prosecute this fraud.