Empowerment Through Education Scholarship Program

Empowerment Through Education Scholarship Program

Scholarship Program
Scholarship Program

WMF’s signature program, Empowerment Through Education (ETE), provides undergraduate scholarships to developing country nationals to study in their home country or a neighboring country. WMF believes it is important to educate people locally and to encourage WMF Scholars to become change agents in their local communities.

WMF Scholars study for degrees ranging from medicine to engineering. WMF encourages applications from those interested in pursuing degrees that will best help their local communities – medicine & health sciences, community development, law, education, social work, business, information technology, agriculture and engineering.  A major component of the ETE program is community service. All scholars are required to volunteer for a minimum of 100 hours per year in order to remain a WMF Scholar.

We believe that encouraging these young people to give back to their communities now will instill an ongoing, and lasting, commitment to community service throughout their lives. In 2015, WMF Scholars contributed over 6,100 hours of community service. WMF Scholars tutor at local schools and clinics, organize community events supporting literacy and education, organize health screening and disease prevention trainings and more.

Being a WMF scholar means a lot of things to me, but most importantly I would like to appreciate the fact that they believed in me, they gave me this opportunity to achieve my dreams. I grew up in a poverty-stricken area, and since childhood I have wanted to be a social worker, so they gave me this opportunity to actually change the community that I come from.
~Brian Omala WMF Scholar since 2012; graduated 2015, Kenya

Empowerment Through Education (ETE) Program

Our hope is that by providing the opportunity to further one’s education, our 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; therefore, all scholarship participants are required to volunteer for a minimum of 100 hours a year.

To learn more about the Empowerment Through Education Scholarship opportunity, please review the ETE Program Information Flyer and read the ETE Application Frequently Asked Questions Guide for 2017.

Empowerment Through Education (ETE) Application

Prospective Scholars

Our Ideal Candidate – 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 WMF 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 scholarship awards are determined by the board of directors of the Wells Mountain Foundation 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 WMF Scholarship recipients will be emailed on August 1. Their names will also be published on our website homepage and the WMF Facebook page.  Those who do not receive a scholarship will also be notified after August.

Tips for Becoming a Competitive Applicant

The following are suggestions to enhance your Empowerment Through Education scholarship application:

  • 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
  • Always apply to the Empowerment Through Education Scholarship with the current application form (If it is for the year 2018, apply only with the 2018 application)

Important Dates

  • December 1, 2017 – The 2018 Empowerment Through Education program application will be available on our website. Completed 2018 Empowerment Through Education scholarship applications will start to be accepted on this date.
  • April 1, 2018 – The 2018 Empowerment Through Education scholarship application deadline.

Empowerment Through Education Program For 2018

Applications from qualified applicants will be accepted until April 1, 2018. Before applying, we strongly encourage 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.

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

  • Clear personal photo
  • Two essays (topics are stated on application form)
  • 2018 application form
  • Personal essay statement
  • Two recommendation letters*
  • Official transcript of grades from secondary school
  • Official grading key to interpret grades**
  • Official transcript of grades from tertiary studies (if applicable)
  • Official grading key to interpret grades**
  • Official results from your national exam
  • Official grading key to interpret scores on your national exam**

*Recommendation letters vary throughout cultures. We have created ETE Recommendation Letter Guidelines to assist 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.

How To Apply

If you qualify, now is the time to apply for this exciting opportunity! Since 2005, we have supported more than 175 students worldwide. Please note that in our recent years, we have only been able to select approximately 3% 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. As our organization grows, so will the Empowerment Through Education program. We encourage you to apply AND to continue searching for additional ways to finance your education.

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

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 accpeted are: JPG, PNG, GIF, DOC, DOCX, PDF (version 10 or newer).  WARNING: Documents saved as a PDF file in Adobe versions 9 and older, will appear blank and your application will be considered incomplete.


MAIL-IN: You will need to print the 2018 application form and it is your responsibility to clearly complete it and attach all required supporting documents before sending it to us. Applications must be received by April 1, 2018 in our office. Applications that arrive after April 1, 2018 will not be reviewed. This means that you must allow at least three weeks to mail your application to us from abroad. Only send one completed application. Incomplete or additional mailings with supporting documents will be discarded. We highly encourage applicants to apply online to ensure the delivery of their completed application. DO NOT email us completed applications with multiple attachments; we do not accept applications sent via email.

We wish everyone luck in preparing their applications.  We encourage 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.

Questions can be directed to: info@wellsmountainfoundation.org


It has come to the attention of WMF that someone is trying to defraud those who apply for our 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 our website, by our one deadline each year of April 1. If someone contacts you saying a fee is required, please forward that email to info@wellsmountainfoundation.org. We would very much like to prosecute this fraud.

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