Empowerment Through Education

Empowerment Through Education                                                                 Scholarship Program

20160725_140713WMF’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

Program Description

For more information about the details of the Empowerment Through Education Scholarship Program and its impact, take a look by clicking the button below.

ETE Program Description 


Information on Applying

Prospective scholars interested applying in the Empowerment Through Education program can find detailed information on the application page, or clicking the button below.

ETE Application 

Scholar Sponsorships

If you are interested in partially supporting or sponsoring a exceptional student, click on the button below to learn more of the various opportunities.

Student Sponsorship