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

Twenty-four students will receive the $500 Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award.

  • Jordan Ramler, Alexandria Technical & Community College
  • Samantha LeCuyer, Anoka Technical College
  • Clea Mely, Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Nathanael Wolffe, Century College
  • Lydia Muweh, Dakota County Technical College
  • Fadah Abib, Hennepin Techncial College
  • Abby Pearson, Itasca Community College
  • Melody Staebner, M State Community and Techical College
  • Charles Cossette, Mesabi Range College-Eveleth campus
  • Emily Kelson, Metropolitan State University
  • Bakari Nkosi, Minneapolis College
  • Megan Schmidt, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Michael Schnieder, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington Campus
  • Ahlisa Robinson, MSU Moorhead
  • Jack Lee, Normandale Community College
  • Sylvie Effiong Akpan, Northland Community and Technical College
  • Ashley Gale, Northwest Technical College
  • Madeline Copeman, Pine Technical and Community College
  • Joy Ingenito, Ridgewater College
  • Caitlin Berger, Saint Cloud Technical & Community Collage
  • Elita Olson, South Central College
  • Esther Oluborode, Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Notermann, Ryan, St. Cloud State University
  • Kesley Ebbs, Vermilion Community College

Why were these students nominated?

That is easily explained. Here are a couple examples. Here is an excerpt from one of the student’s application essay: "Every person counts because every emission counts. Together we can stop the damage that is being done and reverse it. We have a chance to unite as one race, to improve the quality of life for everyone on earth and save countless species from extinction. We have to believe that the survival of all species on earth is more important than the political, religious, or social-cultural issues we have created in our minds."

This student studied the interdependent nature of our world communities and shown commitment towards bettering the lives of others around the globe. Through his coursework, he learned about the common problems we share, and the multiple perspectives of those attempting to resolve global issues of poverty, racial and environmental justice, and the rights of all peoples. He was deeply inspired by his participation in the Human Rights Forum held at Augsburg College in 2019, especially the intergenerational Peace Meal where dialogue and different opinions were exchanged. Through his participation in the Normandale Model United Nations program, he pursued advocacy relating to human rights issues, including the rights of indigenous peoples, equal rights and self-determination of peoples.

Congratulations to all of you!