About Us

Mission Statement:

“The mission of World Scholarship Initiative is to provide funding for secondary school education to the top students of St. Paul’s Primary School in Nakuru, Kenya. In addition, we provide an opportunity for donors and awarded students to increase their global understanding through shared communication.”

World Scholarship Initiative is an Oregon not-for-profit corporation founded in 2013. Our organization leverages personal connections and commitment to create big impacts while being flexible, low-overhead, and cause-oriented. We:

  • Are 501(c)(3) tax-exempt (EIN 46-3414906);
  • Pay for administrative costs privately, so 100% of donations go to educating our students;
  • Personally know all nine sponsored students;
  • Support girls’ education by ensuring that at least half of our students are girls;
  • Know that education increases income, health, community participation, family planning, the well being of children, and has other positive outcomes.

Contact us at info@worldscholarshipinitiative.org.

Board of Directors

Tom Bode

Tom volunteered at St. Paul’s Primary School from October 2012 to June 2013 where he taught 7th grade math. He is motivated to provide the top students of that school with an opportunity to take control of their life through a high-quality secondary school education. He works as a lawyer in Salem, Oregon.

Millie Wanjohi
Kenya Country Director

Millie is a teacher at St. Paul’s Primary School and was the homeroom teacher for many of our sponsored students. She (and her family) do all of the on-the-ground work necessary for WSI to function. They pay the school fees, help students purchase required supplies, explain the program to students and their families, and provide guidance and advice to the students and the WSI Board. Without their hard work, WSI would not exist.

Katie Cobb
Vice President

Katie volunteered at the Provincial General Hospital in Nakuru Kenya from October 2012 to June 2013. She earned a bachelors degree from the University of Oregon, a Masters in Public Health from George Washington University, and is currently a medical student at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon.

Tony Mecum

Tony graduated from the University of Oregon. He worked as a middle school science teacher at LW Beecher Magnet Middle School in New Haven, Connecticut for two years with Teach for America. He earned a Masters in Forestry from Yale School of Forestry in 2015 and currently works as a middle school teacher in Manhattan.

Ruby Buchholtz
Member at Large

Ruby brings to our group passion for our cause, talent, ambition, and her experience serving in Peace Corps in the Philippines. A native of Eugene, Oregon, Ruby earned degrees at the University of Oregon and Portland State University.  She currently works as a Riverkeeper for Tualatin Riverkeepers.


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