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About the Scholarship

The United States (US)/Canada Grants are need based scholarships provided by the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund. The number of scholarships offered to students varies every year. This scholarship is provided to all Southeast Asian students for undergraduate and postgraduate education at any college in Canada and United States of America.

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Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  1. Be at least 25 years old at time of application deadline (see specific regional program application below);
  2. Be a national of a country listed on the MMEG Country Eligibility List;
  3. Be enrolled at an accredited academic institution when submitting application; and plan to be enrolled for a full academic term after award of the grant by the Board;
  4. Not be related to a World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund or Inter-American Development Bank staff member or spouse;

Colleges where this scholarship is applicable

Additional Information

Before starting the MMEG application process, please scan the following documents in digital form (pdf preferred, jpeg or png): 
  • Identification (ID) card with photo: 
(a) national passport page with photo and date of birth, if studying outside your home country, or
(b) government/university-issued identity card with photo and birth date;
  • Most recent proof of official registration from university (not their acceptance letter); 
  • Most recent official university transcripts and/or reports
  • Visa page or study permit page within current passport (if studying outside home country); 
  • Second passport page with clear photo (in case of dual citizenship).
You will be asked to upload these documents at specific areas of the on-line application form.  You will also provide:
  • Brief paragraphs of your personal story, and a description of how your studies, experiences and future plans are linked to your commitment to women and children in developing countries;
  • An estimate of your financial situation for the coming academic year, and planned strategies to cover funding needs;
  • A summary of your thesis (if applicable), including its objective, methodology and findings, and relationship to career goals.
Two reference letters are required. Please contact two people from whom you would like to request a reference letter.  Referee 1 must be a professor from your current university. Referee 2 may be from a person (non-family member) who can vouch for your character. At least one of the individuals must have known you for the equivalent of at least two semesters. After receiving their confirmation, you will be asked to provide in the application form:
  • Email addresses and phone numbers of the two people providing references. They will each receive an email link from Embark Online to write their recommendation. When their recommendations are submitted, you will also be notified by Embark.

Application Process

In addition to the above criteria, an applicant must: 

  • already be enrolled as a full time student, with relevant student visa in national passport, and plan to continue studying full time in the following academic year;

  • not hold US citizenship or permanent residency (green card) or Canadian citizenship or Canadian landed immigrant status

Remember to read the Application Checklist & FAQs before applying, and select the   "US-Canada program" in the first question of the application. If the program name  does not appear, the program may be closed to new applications.

Applications are accepted between September 15 - January 15. Queries may be addressed to  mmeg.us.canada@gmail.com during this period. Decisions for the academic year 2017-2018 have been announced and the recipients contacted.

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