Overall Purpose

To improve global perspectives and enhance competent global citizenship. 

buttonOverview and Rationale

The "100% American" Scholarship confirms that all people, "All creeds, all colors, all cultures, and all countries," have been "depositors and withdrawers at the world bank of knowledge." In other words, what we have today is the product of all times, all places, and all peoples. The corollary is palpable: there can be no superior race, color, culture, or creed. Knowing that human exchanges and borrowings are mutually universal, ecumenical, and timeless will assist students in developing an enriched understanding and tolerance for all citizens of the human community. Stated succinctly, "We must understand our commonalities in order to accept our differences." To Martin Luther King, this was existential: "Unless we learn to live together as brothers and sisters, we will die together as fools."

Scholarship Information 

"The 100% American" Scholarship is for all students attending a Minnesota State college or university. This scholarship is sponsored through the generosity of the Mark M. Welter Foundation. Five $500 scholarships will be awarded for both the fall and spring semesters. Please note that "past recipients" are ineligible for this scholarship. PSEO students are ineligible. Past applicants who were not selected to receive this scholarship previously are eligible. The student applicant must be in good academic standing.

The five winners will be selected for their skills in integrating the 24 retrieval answers with the four essay questions. Accurate use of the "optional enrichment exercise" will elevate chances of winning an award.

Scholarship Requirements

Complete and submit the online application for the fall semester by April 1 at 11:59 PM and for the spring semester by November 1 at 11:59 PM. 

Each applicant must read "The 100% American" article and complete and submit the responses for the:

  • 24 retrieval questions;
  • Four essay questions; and the
  • Essay questions 5-7 are optional - extra credit points will be given for answering them.

Also, submit a copy of your school unofficial transcript.