Scholarship Name: King Olav V Norwegian-American Heritage Fund
Provider: Sons of Norway Foundation
Scholarship Amount: $1000 – $1500
King Olav V of Norway gave his permission to the Sons of Norway Foundation to use his name in establishing a fund to be known as the “King Olav V Norwegian-American Heritage Fund.” Its purpose is to fund activities in which the American and Norwegian heritages are explored, studied and shared by qualified scholarship recipients. Endowment money has been raised by selling medallions and securing gifts from Sons of Norway members.
Any American, 18 years of age or older, who has demonstrated a keen and sincere interest in Norwegian heritage and/or any Norwegian, 18 years of age or older, who has demonstrated an interest in American heritage, and who now desires to further the study of their heritages at a recognized educational institution (arts, crafts, literature, history, music, folklore, etc.) is eligible to apply for a scholarship.
While filling in the online form, the applicant will be asked to write an essay, setting forth in 500 words or less how this cross-cultural study will enhance your current field of study and/or career choices and how you will share this experience with Sons of Norway or wider audiences. Applicants should also state how their course of study will benefit their community and be in accord with the goals and objectives of the Sons of Norway Foundation:
• Promote Improved International Relationships
• Provide People-to-People Enrichment Programs
• Promote Culture Exchange
• Promote Humanitarian Causes
The applicant must obtain two letters of recommendation, describing his or her character and abilities, and an “official copy” of his or her latest high school or college year transcript. These documents must be uploaded in the application portal, which is indicated during the application process. These requirements are no longer accepted via e-mail.
How to Apply:
Online at www.sofn.com/foundation.
Deadline: March 1
The Sons of Norway Foundation is dedicated to funding activities that preserve and promote Norwegian heritage, positively affect members, and make Sons of Norway communities a more vibrant place to live. Be it through a student’s scholarship for study, a cultural exchange experience, or assisting lodges to provide quality programs and community events – the Sons of Norway Foundation is true to its mission.
Established in 1966, our focus and offerings have grown to include several categories of scholarships and four categories of grants. Our passion is focused on the following areas:
- Creating opportunities for higher education as a means for success.
- Showcasing our unique Norwegian heritage to wider audiences.
- Exploring cross-cultural exchanges.
- Providing humanitarian support to Sons of Norway members who are victims of natural disasters.
We have awarded $1,375,000 in scholarships, $390,000 in grants and more than $500,000 in humanitarian aid.