College Scholarship Search College Search Career Exploration College Admissions Articles Financial Aid and Student Loan Calculators Compare Student Loans

General Information

Name Grants for Women From Developing Countries
Number of Awards 10
Award Value $11,000
Award Type Need-Based Scholarship
Accept Applications Until March 3
Scholarship Links More Information

Contact Information

Contact Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund
1818 H Street, NW
Room H2-204
Washington, District of Columbia 20433
Phone (202)473-8751
Fax (202)522-3142

Scholarship Description

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund was established in 1981 to honor the late Margaret McNamara. The purpose of the grant is to support the education of women from developing countries who are committed to improving the lives of women and children in a developing country. Previous grant recipients studied agriculture, architecture and urban planning, civil engineering, education, forestry, journalism, nursing, nutrition, pediatrics, public administration, public health, social sciences and social work.

The MMMF awards about ten grants of approximately $11,000; grants are not renewable.


A woman is eligible to apply for an MMMF grant if she meets all the following criteria:
1. She must have a record of service to women and/or children in her country.
2. She must reside in the U.S. or Canada at the time she submits the application.
3. She must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. or Canadian educational institution for the upcoming academic year and remain enrolled during the entire year of the grant.
4. She must use the grant to continue to study for her degree.
5. She must be a citizen of a developing country that is currently eligible to borrow from the World Bank and cannot be a U.S. Green Card holder or Canadian landed immigrant (Click here to view Country Eligibility List)
6. She must plan to return to a developing country in about two years after receiving the grant.
7. She must demonstrate financial need.
8. She must be at least 25 years old by December 31.
9. She must not be related to any World Bank Group staff member or his or her spouse.