1. What is mentorship?
Mentorship provides a support system during critical stages of a person’s life. Through mentorship, young women can develop greater personal insight and expand their growth opportunities through the guidance of a mentor. A mentor is someone to look up to and reach out to for guidance. With a one-on-one relationship, young women will gain the confidence and skills that will help her lead her own successes and realize her goals.
2. Who is a mentor, a mentee and a Rising Star?
Within Wedu a mentor is a dedicated and passionate individual looking to guide a mentee to achieve her potential. A mentee is a prospective Rising Star. A mentee is someone who is interested and sees the importance of mentorship, and is interested in applying to become a Rising Star. Once a mentee is accepted into the program, the mentee is now considered a Wedu Rising Star!
3. What is the Wedu Mentorship Program?
The goal of the program is to facilitate leadership development and personal growth for our Rising Stars by pairing them with dedicated and experienced professionals.The Wedu Mentorship Program is primarily done remotely. A Rising Star will meet with their mentor twice a month, for a minimum of 2 hours each – this is either done via Skype, phone, or (in some cases) in person. During these meetings the Rising Star will set their goals for their future and discuss these with their mentor. In addition, there will be leadership lessons that encourage new thoughts and ideas to be shared through discussions with their mentor as well.
4. What is leadership potential?
We seek future leaders. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to their home community and a vision to achieve large-scale social impact once they go back home. Wedu measures leadership potential based on seven dimensions, these are:
1. Cannot accept the status quo
2. Demonstrates a strong moral compass
3. Is searching for solutions and resources
4. Has a propensity toward action
5. Shows commitment to community
6. Is willing to take risks
7. Exhibits talent
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5. What are the benefits of being a Rising Star?
There are many benefits in being accepted as a Rising Star. Some of these include the following:
- Life Long Mentorship: The mentorship will build capacity, confidence and capital of young leaders by giving them the much-needed support to develop their ideas of how to bring about positive social change;
- Financial Support Options for University Education: Wedu offers some financial support options per academic year. This is given based on the financial need of the individual student. Wedu also supports students in seeking other financial support options, such as scholarships and loans. Please note that financial support will only be given after the selected Rising Star has been in the mentorship program for 6 months;
- Career Consulting: Wedu provides students with career counseling to help with career advancement. In the case that students choose to pursue further studies, Wedu provides consultancy on selecting the best universities for their field of interest.
- Wedu Staff Support: The Wedu staff is always 100% available for any support that a Rising Star may need. We are here to completely support you to make sure you achieve your goals for your future.
6. Am I able to request more financial support that exceeds the $5,000 USD maximum that Wedu offers?
Wedu offers financial support up to a maximum of $5,000 USD. However, it is commonly the case that Wedu can only provide partial financial support and not the full amount that is requested. Wedu is, unfortunately, unable to provide any financial support higher than $5,000 USD.
7. Does the Wedu Mentorship Program require a candidate who fluently speaks English?
The ability to speak fluent English is not required. However, you do need to have basic conversational and writing skills in English.
8. Can male students apply for Wedu?
The Wedu program is specifically for empowering female students only. We are a leadership development organization that seeks to unlock the next generation of female leaders to become leaders of development in their home communities.
9. Will only females who are already studying in university eligible to apply?
Any student who is either applying for university or already in university is eligible to apply. This can be for 1st year undergraduate, or their final year. We accept students studying for their undergraduate, masters or PhD.
10. Can I apply to a university outside of my country or to study abroad?
You can absolutely apply to study abroad; it is not a requirement that you attend university in your home country. However, if applying to university or to study abroad outside of the Asia region, Wedu cannot offer any financial assistance, we would only offer mentorship. If you are attending university or studying abroad within the Asia region you are eligible to apply for financial assistance in addition to the mentorship program.
11. Can I apply for only financial assistance and not mentorship?
You cannot apply for only financial assistance and not mentorship. Wedu is a leadership development organization, and the primary component is our Mentorship Program. When you apply for financial assistance, you are automatically part of the Mentorship Program as well. You need to be in the Mentorship Program for 6 months before having the opportunity to apply for financial support from Wedu.
12. Can I apply for mentorship only and not financial assistance?
Absolutely. Wedu is a leadership development organization. The primary component of Wedu is our mentorship program. If you do not need financial assistance in order to achieve your higher education, you can still apply for the mentorship program to gain a strong mentor who is able to help guide you to achieve your future goals.
13. What are the criteria for acceptance?
To determine your eligibility within the Wedu program, these are the criteria that we look into:
- We currently accept applications from citizens of all countries in the Asia region. However, we do give priority to those applicants that are from Least Developed Countries;
- Must be female;
- Interested in pursuing an university degree at the bachelor, masters or PhD level;
- Demonstrates strong leadership potential. It is the passion combined with the ability to make change happen that Wedu is looking for;
- Looking primarily for mentorship support, and (if needed) financial support due to being unable to cover the full expenses of your education (NOTE: Wedu only provides some financial access options after being in the Mentorship Program for 6 months)
- Are able to prove your unique passion and commitment to profoundly affect the development of your home country and community
14. When will I know if I have been accepted into the Wedu program?
Once you have submitted your application, and after the deadline has passed, the selection process will take approximately 6 to 8 weeks to determine if you have been accepted into the Wedu program. The selection process consists of 3 parts: the application in which you are required to write 3 essays; the initial interview; and the Panel Interview. Then the final decisions are made! Wedu accepts Rising Star applications at multiple times of the years. Candidates are advised to regular check the website for details on the application process and deadlines.
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15. What is a Talent Spotter?
A Talent Spotter is the person who has recommended you to apply for the Wedu program, or how exactly you heard about Wedu. This can include an educational institution (i.e. a school, scholarship foundation, etc.); a non-governmental organization; an individual (i.e. friend, current Rising Star, etc.); or through social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.).