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All applications will be submitted online through the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. Click here to create an account and fill out the application.

Use the guidelines below to prepare yourself prior to starting the online application.


1. Complete the following sections in the online application; no hand-written applications will be accepted:

Part 1:  Candidate Background 
Part 2:  Extracurricular Activities: Provide information relating to your involvement in
extracurricular activities during your high school years. We encourage you to identify any activities, classes, experiences that helped to develop your global perspective. 
Part 3:  Global Perspectives question responses: Provide responses to two (2) of the three (3) questions (see below).

2. Letters of Recommendation: Students are responsible for using the online form within the application to contact their references. Three (3) recommendations are required; one recommendation must come from an individual involved in a non-school community-based organization that can attest to the student’s involvement and contribution to that organization.

Online applications must be submitted by 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

All applicants will be notified by e-mail of their status within 30 days; three (3) finalists will be chosen. All finalists will be expected to participate in a dinner with three Trustees of the Advisory Committee of the Thomas Determan Global Perspectives Leadership Award on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Final award decisions will be made by Wednesday, April 19, 2017.  


We need your perspectives on these issues. Choose two (2) of the three (3) Global Issues below. For each issue, the maximum word count is 350 words. Prepare your responses to these questions prior to beginning the online application process to stay within the word count and to ensure your response provides thoughtful and personal insights on these issues. Applications without responses to two issues will not be considered.



THEME: Environmental Sustainability

Resource: TED Talk - Josette Sheeran: Ending Hunger Now

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Josette Sheeran, the head of the UN's World Food Program, talks about why, in a world with enough food for everyone, people still go hungry, still die of starvation, still use food as a weapon of war. Her vision: "Food is one issue that cannot be solved person by person. We have to stand together."

After viewing this video, focus your essay on the following:
1. Of the various initiatives highlighted by Ms. Sheeran to end hunger, which did you believe would have the most pervasive impact on a local community and why.
2. How has the World Food Program encouraged the victims of hunger to be part of the solution?
3. How did Ms. Sheeran challenge your thinking about ending hunger now and not some unknown time in the future? This last item should take up at least third of your total essay response.



THEME: Human Dignity and Rights

Resource: TED Talk - Alexander Betts: Our refugee system is failing. Here's how we can fix it

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“A million refugees arrived in Europe this year,” says Alexander Betts, and “our response, frankly, has been pathetic.” Betts studies forced migration, the impossible choice for families between the camps, urban poverty and dangerous illegal journeys to safety. In this insightful talk, he offers four ways to change the way we treat refugees, so they can make an immediate contribution to their new homes.” Although Mr. Betts speaks primarily of a European response, his comments can equally be directed toward the United States.

After viewing this video, focus your essay on the following:
1. Why do so many Syrian refugees today choose to make dangerous journeys seeking asylum?
2. Of the four ideas Mr. Betts spoke of to provide more choices to refugees, which one in your opinion would be the most workable here in the United States and why?
3. How did Ms. Betts challenge your thinking about the Syrian refugee crisis and refugees in general? This last item should take up at least third of your total essay response.



THEME: Global Leaders’ Outlook and Behaviors

Resource: TED Talk - Pia Mancini: How to upgrade democracy for the Internet era

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The Internet and Social Media is not only changing the way we communicate, but also the way we engage politically. Through an open-source mobile platform, Pia Mancini and her colleagues used the Internet to challenge the traditional workings of a democracy to inspire public debate and voter engagement. She challenges us to think about the impact the Internet and Social Media is having on the democratic process across the globe.

After viewing this video, focus your essay on the following:
1. What do you think Ms. Mancini meant by “no representation without a conversation”?
2. How has the “DemocracyOS” software disrupt the conventional politics of government of Argentina?
3. How did Ms. Mancini challenge your thinking about the impact the Internet and social media could have on democratic governments? This last item should take up at least third of your total essay response.


Application Deadline: 5:00pm on Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Dinner with Award Finalists:
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6:00pm (location TBD)
Notification of Award:
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
For questions & information contact:
Jason Neises,


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