New Scholarship: The Astrid G. Cates Scholarship and the Myrtle Beinhauer Scholarship

Title:  The Astrid G. Cates Scholarship and the Myrtle Beinhauer Scholarship

Provider Name: Sons of Norway Foundation

Awarded Amount:  The Sons of Norway Foundation Scholarship Committee will determine the amounts. Typically, six Astrid G. Cates Scholarships are awarded at $1,000 and two Myrtle Beinhauer Scholarships are awarded at $3,000. There will be one scholarship given per Sons of Norway Districts 1-6. The two most qualified of all candidates will be awarded the Myrtle Beinhauer Scholarships. Scholarship awards will be made jointly payable to the student and institution of learning. A student may be awarded a maximum of two scholarships within a five-year period.

Scholarship Description:

Astrid G. Cates and Myrtle Beinhauer remembered Sons of Norway youth with a special bequest in their wills to the Sons of Norway Foundation. The Sons of Norway Foundation established the Astrid G. Cates Scholarship Fund in 1984, and the Myrtle Beinhauer Scholarship became effective in 1998. Donations by members and lodges continue to fund these scholarships.


Applicants must have a certificate of completion from high school and be enrolled in post-secondary training, vocational/trade school or college. Applicants must be current members of Sons of Norway, or children or grandchildren of current Sons of Norway members in Sons of Norway Districts 1–6. Sons of Norway membership must be in effect at least one calendar year prior to application.

• Essay on long-term career goals and clarity of study plans
• Academic potential/grade transcripts (ACT/SAT)
• Statement of education and career goals
• Sons of Norway participation
• Involvement in volunteer, school and community activities
• Two letters of recommendation
• Financial need
• Official transcripts may be required once an applicant is tentatively selected

How to Apply:

Online at

While filling in the online form the applicant will be asked to write an essay, setting forth in 500 words or less how you intend to pursue your career. Indicate your long-term career goals and your involvement in Sons of Norway, youth, community and research activities. 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 three 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.

Application Deadline: March 1

Provider Description:

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.

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