Wells Mountain Foundation (WMF)
Wells Mountain Foundation (WMF) has as its focus education, which they believe is the key building block to success in all other endeavors, literacy, the essential tie to the knowledge contained in the written word, and community, the core entity, just beyond the family, critical to building a compassionate and effective society. As such, they seek to gather and distribute resources to empower motivated individuals, mostly in developing nations, to grow personally, so as to be able to have a meaningful, positive impact in the communities, their countries, and ultimately, the world. WMF is a non-profit, tax-exempt charity qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code.
Their WMF Empowerment Through Education Scholarship Program has grown from just one scholarship in Ghana in 2005 to 103 current WMF Scholars in 2016. Their scholars hail from 31 countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Rwanda, Swaziland, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Forty-one new 2016 WMF Scholars were chosen from over 675 applications in August of 2016.
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year, the application can be found on their Scholarships page from December 15 to April 1 of each year. Please review the Empowerment Through Education Application Frequently Asked Questions guide to determine if you are eligible before applying.
Their Literacy Program provides books to libraries and programs in Haiti, Ghana, and Nepal. Generally, books are supplied by WMF at no cost. For other non-profit organizations, they offer their services and experience in purchasing and delivering books, sometimes with the organizations paying for only the wholesale cost of the books.
The Haiti Project evolved out of their affiliation with the YMCA d’Haiti, when WMF undertook a major program of support after the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. They organized a massive clothing drive with the help of donors, volunteers, and companies here in the United States and ultimately shipped to Haiti twelve containers of clothing and supplies. They raised enough money to purchase the containers and the materials necessary to convert the containers into YMCA community centers after they were emptied.