The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund


An affiliate of the World Bank Family Network (WBFN)


Since 1981 the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF), a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, public charity, has awarded educational grants to outstanding women from developing countries, who are completing degrees at US/Canadian universities and are committed to improving the wellbeing of women and children in developing countries. Individual MMMF educational grants are between $12,000-$15,000 and must be used during the 2012-2013 academic year. The MMMF administers the program with support from volunteers affiliated with the World Bank and the World Bank Family Network (WBFN).

A woman is eligible to apply for an MMMF grant if she meets ALL the following criteria:

Eligibility criteria are also available on the MMMF website:

·        has a record of service to women and children and a commitment to improve the lives of women and children in developing countries

·        resides in the U.S. or Canada at the time she submits the application

·        is enrolled at an accredited U.S. or Canadian educational institution for the academic year 2012-2013, and intends to be enrolled for the 2012-2013 academic year

·        will use the grant toward the completion of her degree

·        is a national of a lower or middle income developing member country, as designated by the MMMF Country Eligibility List (see

·        is not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, permanent U.S. resident or Canadian Landed Immigrant

·        intends to return to her country (or other developing country) within two years of completing use of the MMMF grant and perform at least two years of service

·        demonstrates financial need and satisfactory academic performance

·        is at least 25 years old by the application deadline

·        is not related to a World Bank Group staff member or his/her spouse

The required online MMMF Scholarship application for 2012-2013 is available on our website as of 1 October 2011. The application deadline isTuesday January 17, 2012 at 4pm.

For complete information about the MMMF, scholarship eligibility, online application instructions and deadlines please visit our website: For questions about MMMF Scholarships please email us:

Tel: (202) 473 8751
Fax:  (202) 522 3142

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