Empowerment Through Education Scholarship Program
Our hope is that by providing the opportunity to further one’s education, the 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 and, as a result, all scholarship participants are required to volunteer for a minimum of one month a year.
New Application Process Beginning in December 2013
In October, we announced that beginning in December 2013 the Empowerment Through Education Scholarship Program would transition to accepting applications on our website (not via email). We look forward to expanding our reach, moving our scholarship program into the twenty-first century and providing our applicants with the most reliable review process available. For those interested in learning how we made this decision and how it will positively impact applicants worldwide, continue reading!
You might ask…
Why has WMF moved to using an online scholarship management application process?
As applicant numbers continue to rise, WMF is committed to the fair review of all complete applications. The paper application process had become inefficient in terms of delivering the highest commitment of application review to our students and providing the largest amount of financial scholarship support. As an organization we identified the following inefficiency areas, resulting in our positive decision to move online; time (downloading, emailing, printing, organizing), cost (paper, ink, printer maintenance, staff hours), environmental affects (printing of 23,000+pages of paper), unreliability of mail delivery (resulting in highly qualified applications not being eligible for review) and human error (the accidental misplacement of an required application element).
How is it beneficial for applicants?
The online application will enable students to prepare their application over a four month period if desired (from December 2013-April 1, 2014). Applicants are able to complete their application at any time before April 1, 2014 at 11:59pm EST. This time frame will allow students to prepare complete applications and submit all of their necessary documents. Applicants can rest assured that once their application is complete and submitted, all documents will be reviewed.
In case of a natural disaster or any unpredictable circumstances that would affect the physical application, this issue is now mitigated through all applications being saved automatically on a secure computer server (a cloud based system). Once an application is started or submitted, the data is never lost or damaged.
The Wells Mountain Foundation remains committed to providing scholarship opportunities that are not associated with application fees. The transition to an online scholarship management system will allow for this commitment to continue.
Prior to applying, please review the Empowerment Through Education Scholarship FAQ’s for 2014.
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 their country or another country in the developing world
- Plans to live and work in their own country after they graduate
- 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 their 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, 2014 to be considered for the 2013-2014 academic year. Only the selected WMF Scholarship recipients will be emailed on August 1, 2014. Their names will also be published on our homepage and Facebook Page.
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If you are unable to apply online, we will also accept completed applications that are mailed to us in one mailing and delivered before April 1, 2014. To access the PDF version of the 2014 Empowerment Through Education Scholarship application please Click Here.
We will not be accepting emailed applications.
Scholarship Award Announcement
The 2014 WMF Scholars will be announced on this site on August 1, 2014. The list of this year’s recipients will only appear on this website. Applicants who do not receive the scholarship will not be notified individually of this result. We will not respond to emails asking questions about who was or was not awarded the scholarships, since the results will be posted on this site.
View WMF Scholars “For Your Information” WMF Scholars FYI
Download the Scholar Semester/Term Report Form
Download the Wiring Form for Scholars
Supporting a Scholarship
Information on How to Donate
Also read stories and testimonials from our scholars.
ATTENTION SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS!
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 email@example.com. We would very much like to prosecute this fraud.
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