MPOWER Social Impact

MPOWER Financing is a Public Benefit Corporation, which means we are dedicated to making a positive impact in the world by supporting students through their international academic journey.

Founded by, and comprised of, a dedicated group of global citizens, our team is passionate about ‘empowering’ international students to become global citizens and future leaders in business, government, and their community.

Social impact isn’t just a pillar of our business - it’s the core of our business.

One loan at a time, we’re expanding access to education for the world’s highest-potential students. We’re enabling tomorrow’s doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers, business and government leaders to realize their full potential. Our students are founding companies, running for office, and making scientific discoveries.

We make credit decisions using a forward-looking model centered on these students’ extraordinary potential. This lets us break down barriers to education and serve traditionally underserved students. In the process, we’re democratizing access to education and fostering socioeconomic mobility.

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Eight Years of Impact

The findings from our research include:

Funding is the biggest barrier for students seeking a global education.

Our loans enhance geographic and socioeconomic diversity on campus, while promoting financial independence and providing educational opportunities - especially for women.

Students that we serve hail from over 150 countries; nearly 80% of them are from Global South countries.

Our loans are especially important for women in STEM fields.

Our scholarships are particularly impactful for international, DACA, and refugee students

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Our Current Social Impact Initiatives

No-cosigner, no-collateral education loans based on student potential, not background.

Scholarships for international students. 

Free visa support letters for loan applicants and free immigration resources for all international students.

Free career preparation resources for students, tailored to the unique needs of international students.


“Funding agencies like MPOWER are the one shot that we have.”

Sara Haider has faced challenges breaking into the Pakistani music industry as a woman, and then again when pursuing her dream to study in the U.S. She discusses how “education is the key to freedom” as she candidly talks about the challenges and restrictions on women in Pakistan; including overcoming family objections to follow educational dreams.

Sara is also a past grand prize winner of an MPOWER arts scholarship. Listen to her story and how MPOWER has helped her along her journey. 

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Calcutta, India
Stevens Institute of Technology

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Success Stories

When Srijan started his degree program at Stevens Institute of Technology, financial struggles—and worries about burdening his family—kept Srijan up at night. Now, with MPOWER’s help, he’s finishing his degree and starting a great job in financial services. And instead of burdening his parents, his job will enable them to retire early!


MBA, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)

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Born in Libya to Czech and Slovak parents, and raised in Malta, Simona is the epitome of a global citizen – and her career, which has included setting up Maltese operations for a Czech start-up, reflects that. Faced with a funding shortfall that imperiled completion of her degree, Simona turned to MPOWER. Now, she’s on track to graduate and pursue a career in healthcare.


Jiangsu, China
Boston University

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Success Stories

Sumei worked as a technical support specialist for Citibank in Shanghai, but the opportunity to improve her English and “see the world” led her to an au pair position in New York City. She later decided to pursue a Master’s degree in computer science in the U.S. but found her savings woefully inadequate. MPOWER came through with a loan, and Sumei now has a great internship as a software engineer!

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Cape Town, South Africa
Boston University

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When Kayleigh realized that a Master’s in the U.S. would cost four times her undergraduate degree in South Africa, she didn’t know how she would pay for it. But then she came across MPOWER. Now, she’s a computational biologist at the world’s largest private cancer center, devising ways to make cancer treatments safer, particularly for children.

DISCLAIMER – Subject to credit approval, loans are made by Bank of Lake Mills or MPOWER Financing, PBC. Bank of Lake Mills does not have an ownership interest in MPOWER Financing. Neither MPOWER Financing nor Bank of Lake Mills is affiliated with the school you attended or are attending. Bank of Lake Mills is Member FDIC. None of the information contained in this website constitutes a recommendation, solicitation or offer by MPOWER Financing or its affiliates to buy or sell any securities or other financial instruments or other assets or provide any investment advice or service.

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