MMEG supports women from developing countries in their pursuit of higher education.

Our organization draws inspiration from Margaret McNamara, and her vision of education and gender equality. Margaret used her influence as wife of Robert McNamara, the World Bank's fifth President, to advocate for the recognition and inclusion of these critical elements of development programs. Before her death, she was awarded the highest civilian distinction in the United States, the Medal of Honor, in recognition of her important contributions.


Our Mission

The Margaret McNamara Education Grants (formerly known as MMMF) is a nonprofit, public charity founded in 1981, which awards education grants to exceptional women from developing countries, who are at least 25 years old, and enrolled at universities in the US, Canada and select universities in South Africa and Latin America.

MMEG has supported 416 exceptional women from more than 75 countries, who are inspired to improve the lives of women and children around the world.

What We've Achieved

In 1983, we awarded our first education grant to a Liberian woman who was studying nursing at Catholic University. Since then, our program has grown, as word of our mission has spread. 

  • Grants have been awarded to women from over 75 countries.

  • More than US$3.5 Million have been distributed through education grants.

  • Applications are received from hundreds of accredited universities in the USA and Canada.

  • Our program expanded to five universities in South Africa in 2007.

  • Women studying in select universities in Latin America became eligible to receive grants in 2011.

To learn more about MMEG’s history, click here to download the book “ The Story of the Margaret McNamara Memorial Book” written by Harriet Baldwin (1995).

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We Can't Do It Without You!

MMEG financing comes from a large number of individual donors, corporate donors and small family foundations. Your contribution directly supports women from developing countries in the pursuit of their university studies.

Consider making a donation today!