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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 March 1, 2018.

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 Thursday, April 12, 2018. Final award decisions will be made by Thursday, April 19, 2018.  


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: Global Perspectives

Universal resource: TED Talk - Hans & Ola Rosling - How Not to be Ignorant About the World

Brief bio and links of the speakers:
Hans Rosling
Ola Rosling

TED Weblink:

Additional resource: Nicolas Kristof, NY Times Op-Ed, “The Most Important Thing, and It’s Almost a Secret”

In this TED Talk, Hans & Ola Rosling challenge you about “How much do you know about the world?” and demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know

After viewing this video, focus your essay on the following:
1. How does Hans Rosling challenge our misperception on various world issues?
2. Which one of the “4 ways to get less ignorant,"suggested by Ola Rosling do you believe is the most workable and why?
3. In your opinion, why are we so ignorant about the world? This last item should take up no less than a third of your response.



THEME: Women in Leadership Roles

Universal resource: TED Talk - Sheryl Sandberg - Why we have too few women leaders

TED Weblink:

Brief bio and links of the speaker: Sheryl Sandberg

Prior to the release of her first book, Lean In, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg outlined the premise of this book at TED and discussed why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions.

After watching this TED video, critically examine the 3 pieces of advice Sandberg offers to women aiming for a leadership role and their application in today’s business environment. Further, expand upon this topic with your own 4th piece of advice you would give to women seeking leadership roles. This last item should take up no less than a third of your response.



THEME: Environmental Sustainable

Universal resource: TED Talk - Josette Sheeran: Ending Hunger Now

Background information of speaker: Josette Sheeran

TED Weblink:

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.


Application Deadline: 5:00pm on March 1, 2018
Dinner with Award Finalists:
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 6:00pm (location TBD)
Notification of Award:
Thursday, April 19, 2018
For questions & information contact:
Jason Neises,


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