The Thomas Determan Global Perspectives Leadership Award was established in 2013 to recognize outstanding high school seniors who have demonstrated behaviors focused on “thinking globally and acting locally.” Specifically, the Award seeks to educate applicants and others of the themes of global education. Global Perspectives Education is defined as “the interrelated nature of conditions, issues, trends, processes, and events affecting the quality of life on the planet Earth.”
Scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors from the East Dubuque, Dubuque, Wahlert Catholic, Beckman Catholic, Galena, Southwest Wisconsin, and Western Dubuque districts and home-schooled within these districts. Any student planning to attend community college, trade or technical school, four-year college or university, or school focused on the creative arts is eligible. The top award for scholarship grants for the 2015-2016 academic year will be $1000. At least three scholarships will be awarded. The award is for one year only.
Scholarships are awarded based on factors that include school extracurricular participation, community involvement, academic achievement related to education with a global perspective, and short-response answers to questions designed to ignite thinking about global issues. Scholarship details and information about the online application can be found at www.tdglobal.org. Applications must be completed no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2016.
Thomas Determan devoted his career as a teacher in the Dubuque public schools to educating socially-conscious and curious future leaders who approach their lives from a global perspective. Although Determan passed away in 2014, his words and actions continue to inspire students and teachers to learn about the world around them.