Rupa Pokherl, a Metropolitan State University student, received the Mark M, Welter World Citizen Scholarship for spring semester of 2018. She is one of 20 students to receive the $500 award. The scholarship, which is offered exclusively to students attending one of Minnesota State’s colleges or universities, requires a vast understanding of how cultures across the globe are interlinked. Students who are nominated share some or all of the following beliefs/commitments:
- All people are of a common species who share a common adventure in a common home.
- The world shares common problems (pollution, terrorism, challenges) but views them through differing cultural and religious value perspectives.
- All citizens of planet Earth mutually share an interconnected, fragile biosphere.
- All people-all cultures, all creeds, all colors, and all countries-have been “depositors and with drawers at the world bank of knowledge.”
- Our world is increasingly, inexorably, and undeniably interdependent.
- No one nation, people, religion, or creed can unilaterally deal with contemporary challenges of pollution, population, poverty, pandemics, and peace.
In addition to these required commitments, the student must be in good academic standing and must be nominated by academic or student affairs vice president, dean, or director at one of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
For more information regarding the Walter M. Welter World Citizen scholarship, visit LeadMN