It is a well-known fact the education is the key to moving up the social economic ladder. Education also provides individuals with the ability to understand and find common points of connectivity to across cultures. As we live in an increasingly “global world” we all must seek to find bridges, points of commonality, across the multitude of cultures that have come together during the 21st century. Muhammad Ali, guided by his Six Core Principles, can bring peoples from different cultures together like no other person. To carry Muhammad Ali’s legacy as global unifier, the Muhammad Ali Center sponsored the Muhammad Ali Center Generation Ali Global Citizenship Scholarship Program. Please check back in the Fall of 2014 for program guidelines and application materials. Thank you for your interest!
Congratulations to the 2013 Generation Ali Global Citizenship Scholarship Winners!
Junior at Sullivan University, MBA/ PharmD
(A global citizen) is one who can understand the interests of individual nations and the overall needs of the planet. It is the ability to understand oneself in relation to the global community.
Junior at University of Louisville, Psychology/Anthropology
I have engaged in public health equity and resource equity conversations with local leaders in Belize and Senegal. Also, I have been a researcher and ally in the conflict resolution effort in Northern Ireland. What I have found in all of these arenas is that they are all interlaced somehow. What I will do to foster and improve relationships across cultures is listen. Listen to how people in other cultures want to improve their society.
David Finol Berrueta
Sophomore at Illinois Institute of Technology, Aerospace Engineering
Chasing that dream of a more peaceful and better world certainly requires a strong belief that a better future is possible. For a better global citizen, this true conviction must be accompanied by a tireless dedication to work for his goals while helping others achieve theirs.
Freshman at Rice University, Biochemistry
As I embark on my long tedious journey of becoming a physician and starting a private practice, I am reminded of the obstacles that Mr. Ali faced and the morals that guided his journey to greatness. Similarly, I will remain confident in my dreams and stand by my convictions.
Senior at Northeastern Illinois University, English/Secondary Education
As an aspiring educator, it is absolutely in my plans to foster and improve relations across cultures. I am specifically interested in making a positive impact on urban cultures, beginning with Chicago, my hometown.
Senior at University of Oregon, Business Administration
I often remind myself of the fact that I may not be able to change others, but there is always time to work on myself. Therefore, I want to be happy about every day that I’m given, confident about my achievements, respectful toward others, and I never want to give up. I stick to the belief that “everything is something learned – keep on going.”
Junior at Berklee College of Music, Film Production
The sharing and coexistence between different cultures and points of view is something I’d want to show through my movies, promoting the relationship and openness to diversity. Right now, I’m fostering intercultural relationships by playing music along with people from different nationalities, an example of how cultural sharing is possible, necessary, and, more than that, it can arise wonderful results.
Freshman at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Physics
To make a truly monumental impact, I must dedicate anything and everything I have to my cause. I believe that change can only be achieved by a noble cause, a cause that emphasizes giving back, be it to your family, school, community, or world.
Sophomore at City University of New York: Borough New York, NY, Business Administration
I will dedicate myself to hard work but also come to know that success is not accomplished alone; we all work together and need the help of each other. My life is intertwined with everyone, and I need others as they need me. In order to build a harmonious global community, we must begin, not with whole nations, but with individuals.
The Woodlands, TX
Freshman at University of Pennsylvania, International Relations
(Ali’s Six Core) Principles are a way of life to make the world a peaceful place. Muhammad Ali showed us this. Now it is my turn to change the world.
Sophomore at Farmingdale State College, Professional Communications
One of the many reasons why I became, and am still becoming, a better global citizen is because his (Muhammad Ali’s) principles gave me the strength to stand up for what I believe in. I know in order to see change, I have to make a change.
Sophomore at Baylor University, Business Administration
I want to learn others’ different languages and cultures to advance my knowledge and understand more about other
communities. After learning enough essential knowledge and skills, I want to apply all of those to real activities.
Eun Hae Park
Seoul, South Korea
Freshman at Duke University, Civil Engineering
Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, Spirituality – all could be embroidered badges that good citizens wear sown to their citizenship vests. A global citizen is on who aspires to achieve lofty goals for the community with the help of Muhammad Ali’s Six Core Principles. THEIA, a community service club I have found at my school, means “vision” in Greek. It represents my vision; my vision to become a citizen with six badges sown proudly to her vest.
Senior at Jefferson Community and Technical College, Nursing
Muhammad Ali’s Six Core Principles are very strong. If any individual has or follows those principles, he/she can be a global citizen. If you have a belief for something, you should stand for it.
Freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Engineering
In order to become a better global citizen, a person must learn to accept people for who they are, their beliefs, and their culture. Even though every person on this planet has a unique background that distinguishes them from one another, we are all strikingly similar, and these similarities are what bring nearly seven-billion people together, on one planet.
*Ina Brown Bond Scholar