Minnesota State College and University faculty have nominated students who are well-deserving to receive the Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award.  Twenty students will receive the $500 Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award for 2021 Fall Semester!

  • Casey Pesta, Alexandria Technical and Community College
  • Jordan Cambell, Anoka Technical College
  • Paula Ruiz Gonzalez, Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Karen Ortiz, St. Cloud State University
  • Dame Gamada, Dakota County Technical College
  • Megan Gillis-Gambrell, Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College
  • Ariel David, Hennepin Technical College - Eden Prairie Campus
  • Sullivan Kosmas, Mesabi Range College
  • Alphaeus Kisusi, Metropolitan State Universty
  • Stephanie McGill, Minneapolis Community & Technical College
  • Eric Williams, Minnesota State Community and Technical College
  • Eddison Gargar Saywon, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Hanai Tedla, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Selah Martens, Normandale Community College
  • Teresa Kemp, North Hennepin Community College
  • Allyssa Dow, Northland Community and Technical College
  • Mariah Reyes, Northwest Technical College
  • Charlotte Alonso, Ridgewater College
  • Cedric Williams, Southwest Minnesota State Univeristy
  • Nayeli Cubias, Winona State University

Why were these students nominated?  That is easily explained.  Here are several excerpts taken from the nominators’ explanations of why they felt the student was deserving to receive this award.

"Jordan has a profound awareness of global, racial, cultural and gender-based issues that face students today. His attention to the special needs of men of color has prompted him to begin a podcast on the topic of love and humanity. Jordan’s voice and thoughts are bright representations of what Anoka Technical College prepares students to become."

"Selah is deserving of this scholarship because of their demonstrated commitment to the interconnectedness of people and their wider world. As part of Selah's work for Phi Theta Kappa, they studied and wrote about how humanity shares a collective responsibility to learn about each other's concerns and the lasting impact of our local choices on the global community. They further articulated these commitments during research-based inquiry into how service-based learning provides an opportunity to create solutions for real world problems."

"Karen’s future career goal is to work with an international development organization or the United Nations. The one word that describes what she possesses in readiness of the future in a diverse world is what Google’s top recruiter Lisa Hayes calls “general cognitive ability”.  This means that Karen is not limited to one skill but possesses vast skills embedded in an admirable personal philosophy about effective global intercultural interactions. These are qualities that prepare her to pay attention to diverse global/intercultural contexts in which she will be making decisions as demanded by her future career. This scholarship will go a long way in supporting Karen continue to prepare herself to serve the world."

"As an immigrant, Hanai feels the best institution to study in is that which focuses on inclusivity. This includes laying a foundation for students from diverse cultures to share ideas and impact scholarship."


Congratulations to all of you!