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Global Citizen Award Essay

The Division of International Engagement is pleased to announce the Global Citizen Scholarship to international students currently enrolled at the University of Central Arkansas.  The Global Citizen Scholarship is a highly competitive scholarship with awards being determined based upon grade point average, essay submission, leadership and/or service experience at UCA and letters of recommendations.   Please see below for the full list of eligibility requirements and the application process.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must be currently enrolled at UCA and classified as an international student.
  • Students must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program.
  • Students from Undergraduate, Degree-Seeking Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate programs are eligible.
  • Students must be in good immigration status.
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5, based on Undergraduate or Graduate coursework.
  • Students must have successfully completed 12 Undergraduate or 9 Graduate credit hours by the end of the spring semester.
  • Students enrolled in the Intensive English Program are not eligible to apply.
  • Students enrolled as Visiting Students are not eligible to apply.

Application Process:

To apply for the Global Citizen scholarship, complete the application found at the following link:  Click here by May 1st.

Remember: You must FIRST open your MyUCA email account in order for this LINK to work and you will also be required to upload an essay and all letters of recommendation in the application. 

Please upload a 500 word (minimum) to 750 (maximum) essay answering the following questions:

  • What personal and academic goals have you achieved while attending UCA and what long-term goals do you hope to achieve?
  • How have you been practicing Global Citizenship at UCA and in the local community and how will you continue to be a Global Citizen in your country and community after completing your education at UCA?

Letters of Recommendation:

Submit 3 current letters supporting your request for scholarship funds. At least 1 of the letters must be from a faculty member that can speak to your academic performance.

Please collect all your letters of recommendation and then upload them into the application.

Students will be notified via email of their eligibility for the scholarship by May 15th  (after Spring grades are verified).  Award notifications will be sent by June 1st.

Award Amount:

Students awarded the Global Citizen Scholarship will receive an award not to exceed 12 credit hours (undergraduate) or 9 credit hours (graduate) for the Fall and Spring semesters.  Award amounts may be lower depending on actual enrollment and with the approval of International Engagement. Initial awards will be applied to the recipients’ university account after verification of enrollment for the Fall semester is completed.

Recipients enrolling in more credit hours will be responsible for the additional costs including the International Insurance fee.

Renewal of Award:

Scholarship awards will be renewed for the Spring semester when the following are confirmed:

  • Recipients have maintained a cumulative 3.25 GPA through the Fall semester
  • Minimum of 12 Undergraduate credit hours or 9 Graduate credit hours during the Fall semester has been earned.
  • Verification of enrollment for the Spring semester – 12 Undergraduate credit hours or 9 Graduate credit hours.
  • A student is considered to be in good immigration status.


Additional Rules:

Recipients of the Global Citizen Scholarship will assist the Division of International Engagement during the award period to coordinate cultural events and/or actively participate in one project per semester.

Only Fall and Spring semesters are covered by the scholarship. Summer terms and intersessions are not covered.

To maintain the Global Citizen Scholarship, recipients must complete the application process in subsequent years.  No preference is given to previous recipients.

If a recipient receives additional scholarships during the award period, the Global Citizen Scholarship will be applied in an amount equal to the remaining balance of tuition and fees.  Excess aid will not be distributed to the student.


At The Global Citizens’ Initiative we say that a “global citizen is someone who identifies with being part of an emerging world community and whose actions contribute to building this community’s values and practices.”

To test the validity of this definition we examine its basic assumptions: (a) that there is such a thing as an emerging world community with which people can identify; and (b) that such a community has a nascent set of values and practices.

Historically, human beings have always formed communities based on shared identity. Such identity gets forged in response to a variety of human needs— economic, political, religious and social. As group identities grow stronger, those who hold them organize into communities, articulate their shared values, and build governance structures to support their beliefs.

Today, the forces of global engagement are helping some people identify as global citizens who have a sense of belonging to a world community. This growing global identity in large part is made possible by the forces of modern information, communications and transportation technologies.  In increasing ways these technologies are strengthening our ability to connect to the rest of the world—through the Internet; through participation in the global economy; through the ways in which world-wide environmental factors play havoc with our lives; through the empathy we feel when we see pictures of humanitarian disasters in other countries; or through the ease with which we can travel and visit other parts of the world.

Those of us who see ourselves as global citizens are not abandoning other identities, such as  allegiances to our countries,  ethnicities and political beliefs. These traditional identities give meaning to our lives and will continue to help shape who we are. However, as a result of living in a globalized world, we understand that we have an added layer of  responsibility; we also are responsible for being members of a world-wide community of people who share the same global identity that we have.

We may not yet be fully awakened to this new layer of responsibility, but it is there waiting to be grasped. The major challengethat we face in the new millennium is to embrace our global way of being and build a sustainable values-based world community.

What might our community’s values be? They are the values that world leaders have been advocating for the past 70 years and include human rights, environmental protection, religious pluralism, gender equity, sustainable worldwide economic growth, poverty alleviation, prevention of conflicts between countries, elimination of weapons of mass destruction, humanitarian assistance and preservation of cultural diversity.

Since World War II, efforts have been undertaken to develop global policies and institutional structures that can support these enduring values. These efforts have been made by international organizations, sovereign states, transnational corporations, international professional associations and others. They have resulted in a growing body of international agreements, treaties, legal statutes and technical standards.

Yet despite these efforts we have a long way to go before there is a global policy and institutional infrastructure that can support the emerging world community and the values it stands for. There are significant gaps of policy in many domains, large questions about how to get countries and organizations to comply with existing policy frameworks, issues of accountability and transparency and, most important of all from a global citizenship perspective, an absence of mechanisms that enable greater citizen participation in the institutions of global governance.

The Global Citizens’ Initiative sees the need for a cadre of citizen leaders who can play activist roles in efforts to build our emerging world community. Such global citizenship activism can take many forms, including advocating, at the local and global level for policy and programmatic solutions that address global problems; participating in the decision-making processes of global governance organizations; adopting and promoting changes in behavior that help protect the earth’s environment; contributing to world-wide humanitarian relief efforts; and organizing events that celebrate the diversity in world music and art, culture and spiritual traditions.

Most of us on the path to global citizenship are still somewhere at the beginning of our journey. Our eyes have been opened and our consciousness raised. Instinctively, we feel a connection with others around the world yet we lack the adequate tools, resources, and support to act on our vision. Our ways of thinking and being are still colored by the trapping of old allegiances and ways of seeing things that no longer are as valid as they used to be. There is a longing to pull back the veil that keeps us from more clearly seeing the world as a whole and finding more sustainable ways of connecting with those who share our common humanity.

This article can be found in the Spring | Summer 2012 issue of Kosmos Journal, or can be downloaded as a PDF here.

Ronald C. Israel

Ron Israel is co-founder and a Board member of The Global Citizens’ Initiative (TGCI), a member based organization that seeks to strengthen the practice of global citizenship.

Ronald C. Israel

Ron Israel is co-founder and a Board member of The Global Citizens’ Initiative (TGCI), a member based organization that seeks to strengthen the practice of global citizenship.

Read full bio at: http://www.kosmosjournal.org/contributor/ronald-c-israel/

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