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Dr. Mark M. Welter has created several scholarship programs at MSCSA for students attending a college or university within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State) system.


His scholarships were...


      1. The Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award
      2. The 100% American Award

At the end of November 2016, more than 170 - $500 Welter scholarships have been given to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities students.


Dr. Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award

Mark M. Welter World Citizen Awards are given to Minnesota State Colleges and University students who exemplify an understanding of the interconnected world in which they live. They should exemplify the thoughts, words, and actions demanded of a 21st century world citizen.


Ideally, the students selected and 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.

The candidate must be in good academic standing and will have graduated from high school. Financial need may be considered. PSEO students are eligible upon graduation.


For this award, students who are eligible are nominated by an academic or student affairs vice president, dean, or director at one of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. 


William H. McNeill Quote



DrMarkMWelter 100American

The Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) is seeking applications from college and university students for “The 100% American” Award. This program is sponsored through the generosity of Mark M. Welter, Ph.D. Five (5) $500 awards (maximum of 1 per institution) will be given to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities students. PSEO students and past participants who were not selected to receive this scholarship are eligible.


The five (5) winners will be selected for their skills in integrating the 24 retrieval answers (pages 2-3) with the four (4) essay questions on page 5 of the 100% American Award Packet. Accurate use of the
“optional enrichment exercise” outlined on page 3 will elevate chances of winning an 100% American Award. Instructions for implementing both the standard and the extra credit choices are given under “Suggestions for integrating…,” on page 3.


Pleaes submit the competed packet to MSCSA by emailing ed@mscsa.org by Friday, March 31, 2017.


Interested instructors and staff may use it with their classes, clubs, and discussion groups.


In short, “The 100% American” may be used in two ways:

  1. For personal use (not interested in applying for an Award). Read the activity on page 2, complete the 24 retrieval blanks and use at your discretion.
  2. To be considered for one of the 5 awards, students needed to complete the 24 questions and answer the essay questions on page 5 of the 100% American Award Packet and submit both.


Here are some excerpts from the winning papers in Round I.

[Emphasis added] 

Ethnic diversity permeates our everyday lives in the form of customs, practices, and the materials we use. … while we sleep, our skin touches cotton, linen, or silk [India] the same way that these materials have touched the skin of Indians[slippers], Middle Easterners [coins] and Chinese [plates] for centuries; when we listen to jazz, our feet tap to rhythms that have been danced to by millions in western Africa.  Diversity is inherent to all.  Acknowledging the history of things we use every day makes the idea of diversity more tangible by placing focus on the shared diversity inherent in all of us, Americans.

[Excellent correlation of facts with personal life. This was what we are looking for.]

Julie Moxley, Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical.

Scholar William McNeill describes how change like this must start with a revised process for documenting history [McNeill describes how a “new history” is needed] …. Corrosive [traditional] histories mislead and enhance conflicts. McNeill states that "an intelligible world history might be expected to diminish the lethality of group encounters by cultivating a sense of individual identification with the triumphs and tribulations of humanity as a whole.  [Broader histories diminish lethality of group encounters by cultivating a sense of identity with the triumphs and tribulations of humanity as a whole -- an awareness of our commonalities, not just our differences.]

Julie Moxley, Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical (Julie’s a two-time winner!) She’s also the only student to use the source we recommended, Wm. H. McNeill’s Mythistory

This activity has made me think about what life be like in America [actually anywhere] would be like if we lived in a bubble and never allowed outside influences? [Almost] everything that I use today in my life, originated from other parts of the world [countries].

Jeanne Amey, Minneapolis Community and Technical College

America is a compilation of vastly different peoples. What we see as the most important or most basic parts of our life have originated and developed from years of different people contributing their unique perspectives and ideas on what they had. Our everyday items and ideas are the result of years of achievements and strivings of all types of peoples. Recognizing this is the start of understanding what being 100% American really is. To be 100% American, one’s life is comprised of 100% diversity, using and appreciating inventions that did not originate 100% in America, but advanced 100% from the world.

Morgan Richardson, MSU, Moorhead

This activity was helpful in sparking several conversations the meaning of diversity in my household.  Not only did this [“100% American”] further my understanding of the topic at hand, but it allowed me to spread the information provided in the activity to others. 

Levi Skogstad, Rainy River Community College

I appreciated this scholarship opportunity more than any other scholarship for which I have ever applied.  Every one of my other scholarship applications required that I write an essay attempting to boast about why I am the best person in the world to be receiving the scholarship funds.  In contrast, this scholarship was more like an opportunity.  It was an opportunity to learn something that I did not yet understand.  Moreover, it even gave me the chance to share my new understanding with those willing to read my essay.  As a result, I heartily agree that MSCSA should offer additional activities of this nature. 

Chad Conway, Southwest Minnesota State University

It’s always said that “American” modern society is a cultural melting pot, but I never realized how many day to day items have origins from all over the world. In doing this activity I learned that over the last hundred years [actually thousands], countless backgrounds have slowly integrated together incorporating their rich heritages and traditions, ultimately creating a fusion of culture that is modern day America. [The world IS “The 100% American”.]

Andrea Butzer, South Central College

We need to show others that have negative feelings on diversity see why it is important maybe they should go without the necessities that come from other parts of the world and see if they can.  Maybe it will help them see why diversity is important and think before they judge.  Learning that we all benefit from each other through gaining ideas from one another or using products from that country we should learn to except that ethnic diversity is a must for our world [and for our lives]. 

Lanoy Dara, (Laotian descent), Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Luverne Campus

About Dr. Welter


Photo of Dr. Mark M. Welter with Justin Klander and Mike Dean


Dr. Mark M. Welter taught history in the Robbinsdale Area School District for nearly 30 years and also was an adjunct history professor at St. Cloud State University. In the past, Dr. Welter has shown his love and commitment to increase the awareness of global historians’ belief that today’s problems and potential are borderless realities that cannot be met with an ‘us vs. them’ approach by sponsoring global history seminar at St. Cloud State University. 

Past Award Winners



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Spring/Summer/Fall 2016

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Spring 2017

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Fall 2016

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