The Chuck Stone Citizen of the World Award is given to an MJ-school undergradate major or majors who propose to travel to other countries to pursue programs of study or to work on projects related to the study of media and journalism.
The award honors Chuck Stone, a renowned journalist who joined the school's faculty in 1991. He was a reporter, editor, and columnist at newspapers including the New York Age, the Afro-American, the Chicago Defender, and the Philadelphia Daily News. He was the first president of the National Association of Black Journalists, which presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Stone developed an international consciousness after living in Egypt and the Gaza Strip for six months and in India for 18 months while working for CARE. He also reported from Northern Ireland and visited 14 countries in Africa on assignments for CARE.
The name of the fund recognizes Stone's fondness for quoting Francis Bacon: "If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island, cut off from other lands."