Education gives people worldwide the potential to transform their lives. The Western Union Foundation aims to give women, including migrants and refugees, an opportunity at higher education through the WU Scholars program. Students pursuing a post-secondary education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business and entrepreneurship programs can apply for a scholarship.
“We were proud that 75% of awarded students last year were female. We know that education is a fundamental cornerstone and critical focus for advancing economic opportunity in communities, especially for women around the world.”Elizabeth Roscoe, Executive Director of the Western Union Foundation
Progress is being made in advancing opportunities for women worldwide. Women’s increased access to education is one key indicator that gender parity is being reached in some countries. However, there is an imbalance in the quality of education women receive. That’s why the Foundation supports quality education and workforce training, connecting people to the global economy and equipping them with the tools needed to better their lives.
Students are selected as WU Scholars based on their accomplishments and personal goals related to the program’s three pillars: perseverance, aspiration, and community. Students receive USD $2,500 (or the local currency equivalent) as a contribution toward their tuition or school fees at the accredited post-secondary institution where they are enrolled.
Since first launching in 2017, the WU Scholars program has awarded 338 scholarships in 89 countries. Be inspired by the WU Scholars class of 2018 and how they are working toward achieving their dreams.