Wells Mountain Initiative 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.
Young people are able to realize their full potential and become leaders in creating the changes they want to see in their communities and, ultimately, the world.
What We Do
WMI supports undergraduate students obtaining degrees in community-oriented fields, and encourages them to be the agents of change in their own communities, nations and the world. We go beyond providing financial support, ensuring our Student Scholars have all the tools needed to reach their dreams.
WMI supports students pursuing degrees that will best help their own communities, including medicine & health services, community development, law, education, social sciences and engineering.
A Scholar’s Journey
We believe that to climb a mountain, one should not undertake the journey alone. It takes resources, knowledge, the support of others and immense dedication. That is why we believe in providing more than just financial support to our Scholars. Our programs are designed to enhance our Scholars’ potential to reach their milestones along their journey to the top and bring forth their best attributes, enabling them to achieve their lifelong goals and influence transformational impact in their society.
EDUCATE • Scholarships
WMI provides education scholarships to highly motivated and ambitious youth pursuing undergraduate degrees in regions with little or no financial resources. WMI believes that funding education locally will encourage and allow students to make an impact in their communities. Our Student Scholars pursue degrees in various fields, including medicine and health sciences, community development, education, law, agriculture, social work, business, information technology and engineering. The WMI scholarship program currently supports students in 34 countries, with over 154 Student Scholars and 129 Graduate Scholars.
ENGAGE • Community Service
We encourage our Student Scholars to be critical thinkers; therefore, a fundamental component of the scholarship program is community service. Every WMI Scholar is required to complete and document a minimum 100 hours of volunteering each year. Past volunteer activities have included conducting free health screenings, teaching and mentoring youth, caring for elderly people in their communities and community clean-ups.
COLLABORATE • Fellowships
WMI provides Student Scholars and Graduate Scholars (those who have completed their tertiary education) with the unique opportunity to expand their social and professional networks. WMI Student Scholars are encouraged to create strong bonds and assist one another throughout the process of succeeding academically and professionally through the creation of fellowship groups. These groups are founded by the Scholars themselves and have led to the building of support systems that provide networking and mentorship opportunities and the creation of group community service projects and activities. WMI provides a small matching grant program to help these groups operate. Six WMI Fellowships have been established in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Nepal and South Sudan!
EMPOWER • Academy
WMI is proud to announce the opening of an academy in 2019! Hosted in Nairobi, the academy will be open to all WMI Graduate Scholars and serve as an opportunity to further enhance their professional development and network with fellow Graduate Scholars. Students will participate in 3 weeks of intensive capacity building courses in CBO/NGO enterprise development and professional skills training, providing them with a set of ready-to-use tools to launch their professional career.
CONNECT • Dream Big Conference
The Dream Big Conference, held every three years, brings together current Student Scholars and Graduate Scholars to learn, network, and create in-country fellowship groups. All WMI Student Scholars and Graduate Scholars are invited to attend the conference. Participants are provided partial travel stipends and are encouraged to raise funds themselves to make this opportunity a reality. Conference attendees participate in workshops, panels, team-building exercises, and community service activities. They hear from inspirational speakers, participate in WMI Graduate Scholars and community service panels, and form new bonds and networks. The next WMI Dream Big Conference will be in 2018 in Kampala, Uganda.
ACT • Micro-Grants Program
The Micro-Grants program is open exclusively to WMI Graduate Scholars and provides grants, on a 2-year cycle, of $100 to $1000 USD to help start or significantly expand a community-based organization (CBO), non-governmental organization (NGO), business, community service project or event. WMI Graduate Scholars have used their micro-grant funds to provide primary and secondary education programs, vaccination clinics, agricultural empowerment projects, and peace and conflict resolutions programs.
LEAD • Creating the change you want to see
Our WMI Graduate Scholars (those who have completed their tertiary education) do amazing work, lead change in their communities and spur action in others. They have successful careers in medicine, non-profit management, development, law and business. Our graduates create non-profits, run clinics, establish schools, mentor and teach youth, fight injustice and work tirelessly to improve their communities. We are proud of our WMI leaders and the small part we play in their journey.