Spring Aubol, a Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College student from Duluth, is one of 20 students attending a Minnesota State college or university to be awarded a 2016-2017 Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award.
Through the generosity of Dr. Mark M. Welter, the scholarship award provides an annual tribute to Minnesota State students who most exemplify the thoughts, words and actions demanded by a 21st century world citizen. Award recipients are nominated by college/university faculty and staff. Dr. Welter taught history in the Robbinsdale Area School District for nearly 30 years and also was an adjunct history professor at St. Cloud State University.
Aubol, a Proctor High School graduate who has completed an associate of arts degree and is now working toward a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, has earned Dean’s List academic honors multiple times and has been active in campus activities.
Spring was secretary of the Environmental Science Club and is a past president of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society Chapter at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. She was a member of the 2014-2015 Quadcopter Project Team, and works as a peer tutor in the Center for Academic Achievement.
Besides being involved with student organizations on campus, Aubol was part of a research team gathering field and lab data to study mercury levels in dragonflies within the St. Louis River watershed. Her career goal is to be a middle school science teacher.
World Citizen Award recipients are nominated and selected based on academic achievement, participation in campus activities and organizations, and for demonstrating actions based on these beliefs shared by Dr. Mark M. Welter:
– All people are of a common species who share a common adventure in a common home.
– The world shares common problems (pollution, terrorism, challenges) but views them through differing cultural and religious value perspectives.
– All citizens of planet Earth mutually share an interconnected, fragile biosphere.
– All people-all cultures, all creeds, all colors, and all countries-have been “depositors and withdrawers at the world bank of knowledge.”
– Our world is increasingly, inexorably, and undeniably interdependent.
– No one nation, people, region, or creed can unilaterally deal with contemporary challenges of pollution, population, poverty, pandemics, and peace.
Spring Aubol joins a list of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College students who are previous recipients of the Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award, including Marcel Richardson in 2015-2016, and Jeremy Wilson in 2014-2015.
For more information on the Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award, visit the Minnesota State College Student Association website here.
Spring Aubol photo


I chose FDLTCC because of its size and the curriculum. When I first came here in 2019, I was just looking for what I needed to volunteer, perhaps in a crisis shelter. I met with Don Jarvinen, and the rest is history.

My favorite thing about FDLTCC is the people. I’ve met fantastic students, faculty and staff who go above and beyond what I expected.

It is awesome here at the FDLTCC Education Program because it is like a family here, if you need help or are struggling with anything, you have quite a few people who will help you out.