Global Citizen Scholarship

 At MPOWER, we believe that we’re not just expanding access to higher education. We’re also creating globally-minded, multi-lingual, culturally-competent graduates poised to take on the world’s most pressing problems in science, technology, business, and public policy!

In recognition of the extraordinary potential of these students, we’ve created the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship. We’ve intentionally designed this scholarship program to be as broad as possible to match the broad, diverse experiences of international students. And there’s no requirement to be an MPOWER borrower to apply!

MPOWER Spring 2019 Winners:

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Chidozie D. Ojobor

Chidozie D. Ojobor

Ph.D. studies in Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto, Nigeria

“’I feel immensely honored to be a winner of the prestigious MPower Global Citizenship Scholarship. For me, this recognition revitalizes my drive toward my education, and because this scholarship is monetarily applied to funding my schooling, it is truly freeing and ‘empowering.’”

Zainab Ilumoka

Zainab Ilumoka

Undecided law school, Nigeria

“I am ecstatic to be selected for the Global Citizen Scholarship and would like to thank MPOWER Financing! I am tremendously grateful for MPOWER’s support of students pursuing the American dream. Acquiring funding has been a struggle, but this scholarship has helped in alleviating some of the financial stress I am under.”

Vaqar Syed

Vaqar Syed

Master’s of Chemical Engineering at UCLA, Pakistan

“The MPower Global Citizenship Scholarship will help me realize my goal of studying Chemical Engineering at the Master’s level so that I can apply the knowledge and skills I gain to develop robust, next-generation water purification technologies to mitigate the widespread problem of unsanitary drinking water.”

Tabitha Wacuka

Tabitha Wacuka

Engineering at Iowa State University, Kenya

“My long-term goal is to set up a wind-generated power plant at my rural village in Kenya. Five years from now, I see myself running my own wind energy firm and playing a key role in providing the community with a clean and sustainable source of energy that is not only beneficial to the economy but also to the environment.”

MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship:

MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship

DEADLINE APRIL 15, 2020

Scholarships awarded annually to international and DACA students enrolled at Universities MPOWER supports.

What You’ll Win: For the cycle ending November 15, 2019, we will be awarding one $5,000 grand prize scholarship to the most outstanding applicant worldwide, plus an additional four $3,000 regional scholarships. These regional scholarships will be awarded to one student from each of the following countries/regions: India, Asia (excluding India), Latin America/Caribbean, and Africa. (All awards are in US dollars and non-renewable.)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be accepted at, or enrolled in, a full-time degree program at a U.S. or Canadian school that MPOWER supports, and
  • Be an international student allowed to legally study in the U.S. or Canada, as applicable.
    • For study in the U.S., this means that the applicant is either a U.S. permanent resident (Green Card holder), protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, or has a valid visa that permits study in the U.S.
    • For study in Canada, this means the applicant is either a Canadian permanent resident or has a valid Canadian study permit.

We have created this scholarship specifically for international and DACA students. Therefore, U.S. citizens wishing to study in the U.S. and Canadian citizens wishing to study in Canada are not eligible for this scholarship.

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Global Citizen Scholarship Details:

FAQ, and Terms and Conditions

Who is eligible to apply for the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship?
  • Be accepted at, or enrolled in, a full-time degree program at a U.S. or Canadian school that MPOWER supports, and
  • Be an international student allowed to legally study in the U.S. or Canada, as applicable.
    • For study in the U.S., this means that the applicant is either a U.S. permanent resident (Green Card holder), protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, or has a valid visa that permits study in the U.S.
    • For study in Canada, this means the applicant is either a Canadian permanent resident or has a valid Canadian study permit.
    • We have created this scholarship specifically for international and DACA students. Therefore, U.S. citizens wishing to study in the U.S. and Canadian citizens wishing to study in Canada are not eligible for this scholarship.
How can I apply for this scholarship?
All eligible students, regardless if you are a current MPOWER borrower or not, must complete the application form to enter the scholarship contest. For the application form, please just scroll down.
Must I have my visa approved by the time I apply?
You must have your visa by the closing date of this competition.
How will the winners be selected?

Winners will be selected based solely on their essay submission. MPOWER will select winners based on:

  • The quality of the applicant’s essay; the essay should demonstrate clarity of thought, a compelling goals and vision, and superior communication skills in English;
  • The extent to which there is a clear nexus between the applicant’s intended field of study and his/her goals and aspirations; and
  • The applicant’s potential as a scientist, entrepreneur, leader, and/or change-maker who will make a positive impact.
How many scholarships are offered?

MPOWER will offer one $5,000 grand prize scholarship and four $3,000 scholarships for this scholarship cycle.

When is the deadline to apply?
The application deadline for this cycle is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on April 15, 2020.
When will the winners be notified?
We expect to notify the winners within 8 weeks of the deadline.
When and how do the recipients receive the scholarship funds?
Once the scholarship winners have been selected, MPOWER will confirm the winner’s eligibility by requesting documentation such as the winner’s acceptance letter or transcript and passport/visa. Once a winner’s eligibility is verified, MPOWER will disburse the funds directly to the winner’s college/university, subject to the requirements of any applicable U.S. or Canadian laws.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Only one entry per Contest. By entering the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship Contest, you agree to be bound by these official term and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”), which include a release and license from you.

1. Eligibility. The Global Citizen Scholarship Contest (the “Contest”) is open only to students who meet the following requirements:

  • The student is accepted at, or enrolled in, a full-time degree program at a U.S. or Canadian school that is an MPOWER Partner College or University, and
  • The student is an international student allowed to legally study in the U.S. or Canada, as applicable. For study in the U.S., this means that the applicant is either a U.S. permanent resident (Green Card holder), protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, or has a valid visa that permits study in the U.S. For study in Canada, this means the applicant is either a Canadian permanent resident or has a valid Canadian study permit.

Employees (including their immediate family [for e.g., spouse, parents, siblings, and children], and household members) of MPOWER Financing (the “Sponsor”), its affiliates, subsidiaries and those of any agent, vendor, or supplier of Sponsor, are not eligible. Eligibility is contingent upon agreement to, compliance with, and fulfillment of all requirements set forth herein. Participation in the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship Contest in any way constitutes an entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Terms and Conditions and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship Contest. Where applicable, the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited by law.

2. Sponsor. MPOWER Financing, Public Benefit Corporation, 1101 Connecticut Avenue NW, 9th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20006

3. Period of Contests/Drawings. The Contest ends on April 15, 2020, at 11:59 pm EST. Only entries submitted and received during the Contest Period will be eligible. Sponsor is both the official timekeeper and final arbiter of eligibility for each Contest. For the Fall Contest Period, five (5) contest winners will be selected. The first-place winner will be awarded a $5,000 MPOWER Scholarship to be applied to tuition, fees, or expenses at the winner’s school of attendance (each a “Prize”). Four additional winners will be awarded a $3,000 scholarship. Students (the “Entrants”) may enter the Fall Contest once. Odds of winning will depend on the number of entries received and the quality of the essays submitted by all Entrants.”

4. How to Enter/Conditions of Entry. During the Contest Period, there is only one method of entry, as described below. Entrants may only enter once during the Contest Period. For each Contest, Entrants must fully complete and submit the online contest entry form (an “Entry”) found at https://www.mpowerfinancing.com/scholarships/. Any Entry that does not comply with these Terms and Conditions is void. All Entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use entrant’s university name, state, country of origin, and/or essay question response for purposes of advertising, promotion, and publicity in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval. Any Entry found to contain erroneous, expired, canceled, fraudulent, or fake information is void. Only the actual student may participate in the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship Contest, and the completion of the online entry form by any family member or other individual or entity will disqualify such Entry from this Contest. Any attempt by any person to obtain more than one Entry by any means (including, but not limited to, the use of multiple email addresses, phone numbers, identities, registrations, or logins; or any other unauthorized method of entry) will result in such person’s automatic disqualification from the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship Contest. By submitting an Entry, you agree that Sponsor may, from time to time, communicate with you regarding products and services that it believes may be of interest to you.

5. Prize. Five (5) contest winners will be selected. The first-place winner will be awarded a $5,000 MPOWER Scholarship to be applied to tuition, fees, or expenses at the winner’s school of attendance (each a “Prize”). Four additional winners will be awarded a $3,000 scholarship. Students (the “Entrants”) may enter the Fall Contest once. There are no substitutions permitted for any awarded Prize. A Prize will only be awarded to the person submitting the Entry and may not be sold, assigned, or otherwise transferred (“Transfer”). Any Transfer or attempted Transfer shall be void. Any prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

6. Selection of Winner and Award of Prize. All entries will be judged based on the quality of the essay question response. Sponsor will review all applicable and valid Entries and select finalists based on the selection criteria. A panel of three judges will then review the finalists’ applications and select the winners. The essay must be written in English and will be scored based on a combination of (1) The quality of the applicant’s essay; the essay should demonstrate clarity of thought, a compelling goals and vision, and superior communication skills in English; (2) The extent to which there is a clear nexus between the applicant’s intended field of study and his/her goals and aspirations; and (3) The applicant’s potential as a scientist, entrepreneur, leader, and/or change-maker who will make a positive impact.

Prior to any decision, MPOWER reserves the right to conduct interviews and/or request additional information from any Entrants related to their Entry. The Judges’ decision is final and binding. Winners will be notified within one month of the submission deadline. All decisions (including but not limited to eligibility determinations) will be final and binding and are not subject to challenge or appeal. Prize awards are subject to Sponsor’s verification of winners’ eligibility. All winners will be required to submit (without alteration and in the form provided by Sponsor) a completed and signed Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability & Publicity Release (the “Release”). In the event that the Winner is under 18 years of age at the time of award, the Winner’s parents will be required to submit a completed and signed Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability & Publicity Release. Winner’s failure to timely return an executed Release within the required time period to Sponsor will void a winner’s Prize award and Sponsor reserves the right to award such Prize to an alternate entrant. Winners are solely responsible for the payment of any applicable federal, state, and local taxes associated with their acceptance and receipt of any Prize. Winners acknowledge that their Prize may be subject to U.S. or Canadian withholding and that they may be required to execute and return to Sponsor the U.S. Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Form W-9 or applicable Canadian form. All winners will be notified by telephone, email, and/or regular mail using contact information provided on their Entry. Sponsor shall have no liability for any winner notification that is lost, intercepted, or not received by the potential winner for any reason. If any potential winner does not respond within the time required by Sponsor, or if any winner notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to a potential winner, or fails to timely return the Release to Sponsor, the Prize for that Contest will be awarded to an alternative winner selected by the Judges based on the results of the aforementioned judging criteria. Following Sponsor’s verification of winner’s eligibility and receipt of the executed Release from a winner, Sponsor shall pay the Prize on winner’s behalf, directly to winner’s school of enrollment. Sponsor will not have any liability to winner in the event that winner’s school refuses, loses, fails to properly apply, or otherwise fails to credit any Prize (or portion thereof) for winner’s benefit.

7. Disputes/Venue/Governing Law. Except where prohibited by law, Entrant agrees that: (1) all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with a Contest or any prize awarded will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate federal or state court located in the District of Columbia; (2) all claims, judgments, and awards will be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering a Contest, but in no event will include attorneys’ fees; and (3) Entrant will not be permitted to obtain awards for indirect, punitive incidental and consequential damage and any rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Terms and Conditions, or the rights or obligations of Entrant or Sponsor in connection with a Contest, are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, no matter what jurisdiction, that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than as stated.

8. Right to Modify or Cancel. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Terms and Conditions will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event any provision is found invalid or unenforceable, these Terms and Conditions will otherwise remain in effect in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was never included. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Terms and Conditions does not constitute a waiver of that provision. Sponsor may cancel, suspend, and/or modify a Contest or any part of it, in any way, if Sponsor determines in its sole discretion that a Contest is not capable of executing as Sponsor intended, or that any mistake, clerical, or typographical error, omission, fraud, technical failure, tampering, computer virus, or other factor, technical or otherwise, beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control, impairs or may impair Sponsor’s ability to properly conduct the Contest, subject to any applicable law or regulation.

9. Personal Information. Information collected from Entrants in connection with a Contest is subject to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy.

10. List of Winners. The list of winners will be available to view on the MPOWER website. In extenuating circumstances, MPOWER may make an exception for DACA students concerned about making their immigration status public.

11. Disclaimer. Though a Contest may be promoted via social media websites, such websites are not affiliated with Sponsor or any Contest. No Contest is in anyway sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or any other site or medium that might host content where information about a Contest is posted or published (collectively “Content Hosts”). Entrant is providing information only to Sponsor and not to any Content Hosts.

Global Citizen Scholarship Application:

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • To find out if MPOWER supports your school, please visit www.mpowerfinancing.com/schoollist. If you still have a question, please provide additional details below.
  • You must be able to prove you are currently enrolled in or accepted to this institution.
  • From above mentioned U.S.-based college/university.
    Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • From the above mentioned U.S.or Canadian college or university.
  • Choose all that apply. To select multiple options, hold the CTRL key and click the items.
  • (1) Please describe how you have already made an impact on your home (or adopted) country or the broader international or scientific community, (2) how you will continue to do so after your education is completed, and (3) how your education will directly contribute to your ability to effect these goals. Maximum characters: 2,500 or upload multimedia file less than 5 MB below

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