Undergraduate Scholarships

Opportunities for undergraduates

General undergraduate scholarships
Daughters of Norway Grand Lodge Scholarships

The Grand Lodge Daughters of Norway offers scholarships to full-time college, university, technical, or vocational students. The applicant should have at least sophomore standing, meet the grade requirement, and be a member of the Daughters of Norway or related to a member. The number of awards varies with the funds, but at least one award of $1,000 is offered each year.
Deadline: July 15

Ibsen Society of America The Undergraduate Essay Prize

The undergraduate essay prize recognizes outstanding student essays that offer fresh ideas, new approaches, and insightful commentary on the dramatic works of Henrik Ibsen. They invite students to submit essays of at least 2000 words that were written as coursework in any type of undergraduate course during the academic year 2020-21. Students can submit their own essays with permission of the instructor, or instructors can nominate student essays with permission of the student. The author of the winning essay will be awarded $500, and there can be an honorable mention award of $250. The winner’s name will be posted on the Ibsen Society of America (ISA) website. Essays will be judged by the council of the ISA.
Submit your essay to Olivia Noble Gunn at ogunn@uw.edu.

Sons of Norway Foundation Bernt Anker Scholarship

This four-year scholarship is meant to support college students without parents or with single parents. Applicants must be between 17 and 25 years old and must have applied to or be enrolled in an accredited, four-year, post-secondary institution or a two-year community college with the intent of continuing toward an undergraduate degree in the US. Preference will be given to students without parents or students raised by single parents.
Deadline: March 1

Sons of Norway Foundation Dan and Betty Rude Scholarship

This tuition-assistance scholarship is open to applicants who are American citizens are enrolled in an accredited, four-year, post-secondary institution and majoring in elementary education. They must be between the ages of 17 – 26 and have attained at least one year of post-secondary credit with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
Deadline: March 1

Sons of Norway Foundation District 4 Scholarship

The District 4 Academic Scholarship Program is designed to support study by at a university or college in the US or Canada or at a Norwegian university or folk school. An applicant must be a current adult member of a District 4 Sons of Norway lodge at the time of applying for an academic scholarship.
Deadline: March 1

Sons of Norway Foundation King Olav V Norwegian-American Heritage Scholarship

Its purpose is to fund activities in which American and Norwegian heritages are explored, studied, and shared. Any American, age 17 or older, who is major or minoring in Norwegian or Scandinavian studies or enrolling in an accredited program in Norway who has demonstrated an interest in Norwegian-American heritage or those who have a certificate of completion from high school and are enrolled in a recognized educational institution (arts, crafts, literature, history, music, folklore, etc.) can apply. Applicants must show proof of enrollment prior to receiving scholarship funding.
Deadline: March 1

Sons of Norway Foundation Myrtle Beinhauer Fund

Two scholarships will be awarded from this fund annually for undergraduate studies in any major. The awards are open to current members of Sons of Norway or children or grandchildren of current members in Sons of Norway. They must have completed high school and be enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States.
Deadline: March 1

Sons of Norway Foundation Orel and Marie Winjum Memorial Scholarship

This award assists with tuition costs for American citizens with Norwegian or German heritage who have applied to or are enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university or two-year community college in the U.S. Applicants must be 17 or older and have completed or be about to graduate from high school with GPA of 2.5 or higher. Adult students are also welcome to apply.
Deadline: March 1

Sons of Norway Foundation Sissel and Rodger Espeland Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Sissel and Roger Espeland Memorial Scholarship Fund creates an opportunity for qualified applicants to receive scholarships for post-secondary education at accredited four-year institutions or training at accredited vocational/trade schools located in the United States of America. Applicants must be a member of the Sons of Norway or a child or grandchild of a member with the membership under which he or she is applying be active for one year prior to application.
Deadline: March 1

Sons of Norway Leif Erikson Lodge, No.1 Youth Leadership Award

This scholarship is for one young person 18-25 planning on attending an institution of higher learning or trade school. The amount of the award is $1,000.
Deadline: Mar. 30

Scholarships for study abroad
The Norway American Association Scholarships

Every year, NORAM offers up to 10 scholarships to American students planning to study or currently studying full-time in Norway at the graduate level. The amounts vary from NOK 10,000 to NOK 40,000 (approx. $1,100 – $4,400). The project description must be of academic merit, and the project must be feasible within the framework proposed.
Deadline: Apr. 1

Pacific Lutheran University Scandinavian Cultural Center Faculty-Student Research Award

The Scandinavian Cultural Center at PLU offers Faculty-Student Research Awards for $1,200. To be eligible, one must be a full-time student at PLU, have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.3, be of junior or senior standing, and funds must be used for the stated research purpose.

Pacific Lutheran University Scandinavian Cultural Center Study Away Award

PLU also offers a $2,000 Study Away Award. To be eligible, one must be a full-time student at PLU, have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.3, be of junior or senior standing, and studying on PLU-approved summer, J-term, semester, or year program in Scandinavia. The funds must be used for the stated study abroad purpose.

Pacific Lutheran University Scandinavian Cultural Center Susan E. Young Study in Scandinavia Award

To apply for the Susan E. Young Award ($4,000), the applicant must be a full-time student at PLU, have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.3, be of junior or senior standing, and studying on PLU-approved summer, J-term, semester, or year program in Scandinavia. The funds must be used for the stated study abroad purpose.

Sons of Norway Foundation District 4 Scholarship

The District 4 Academic Scholarship Program is designed to support study by at a university or college in the US or Canada or at a Norwegian university or folk school. An applicant must be a current adult member of a District 4 Sons of Norway lodge at the time of applying for an academic scholarship.
Deadline: March 1

Sons of Norway Foundation Douglas Warne – Rolf & Wenche Eng Scholarship

This scholarship assists with the costs of tuition, room and board for qualified applicants to attend educational institutions in Norway. Current American or Canadian members of the Sons of Norway or Rotary may apply, as well as their children or grandchildren. Students without family members in the organizations may select an advocate or representative from either one to sponsor their application. The award is open to applicants of any age who have completed one full year of college-level work, or have been accepted by a post-secondary institution in Norway, including but not limited to craft, folk, music, theatre, or technical schools, Oslo International Summer School, or undergraduate colleges/universities in Norway. Applicants need not be currently attending school to apply.
Deadline: January 15

Sons of Norway Foundation Lund Fund Scholarship

This scholarship is for a current Sons of Norway member, child, or grandchild of a current member who demonstrates a keen interest in a post-high school study abroad experience. They must hold a certificate of completion from high school and be enrolled in a recognized educational institution abroad or a study abroad program facilitated by an accredited college or university in the United States.
Deadline: January 15

Sons of Norway Oslo International Summer School Scholarship

The Sons of Norway Foundation offers a scholarship to Oslo International Summer School annually for $1,500 for current members of Sons of Norway or their children or grandchildren who are graduated from high school.
Deadline: January 15

St. Olaf College Department of Norwegian Tweet-Rolvaag-Zempel Scholarship

For study in Norway. Application automatic with study abroad application procedure.

University of California, Berkeley, Department of Scandinavian Lundberg Travel Grant

The Lundberg Travel Grant invites students who have taken coursework in the department to apply for grants to subsidize travel to study-abroad programs anywhere in the Nordic region, either for summer or semester-long programs. One grant in the amount of $1500 will be available each year in this competition, if funding allows.
Deadline: February 1

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Brittingham Viking Organization Scholarships

The Brittingham Viking Organization is recognized by UW-Madison as an independent scholarship program. Their organization prides itself in encouraging scholars to take some courses outside of their typical field of study. Their flagship scholarship program for Americans begins during the spring semester and places one scholar in Finland, one scholar in Sweden, and one scholar in Denmark based on majors, availability at their partner universities, and scholastic aptitude. The scholarships culminate with all three scholars studying together at the International Summer School at the University of Oslo in Norway during the summer. Scholarships are designed to cover housing, tuition/program fees, roundtrip flights to Scandinavia, visas, insurance, and includes a generous travel and living stipend. The entire program runs from January through August 2022 and is roughly thirty weeks long. The total value of the program is up to $25,000 depending on academic status and available programs.

Scholarships for undergraduate women
Lakselaget Scholarships

The Lakselaget Scholarship and Opportunity Fund was established to celebrate, encourage, and advance the organization’s motto, women who swim against the current. Applicants for the Lakselaget Foundation Scholarship Fund should have an interest in contemporary Norway and a desire to develop their own interests in another field, such as the sciences, technology, business, politics, language, and culture, and who seek to disseminate their knowledge. Applicants for the Lakselaget Foundation Opportunity or Work Study Fund should be in a work situation where a short-term position in a similar job in Norway would be beneficial to their career. This opportunity could be used to supplement funding for an international exchange or internship within the same field, or for a short-term work opportunity that provides a chance to learn about another country.

Sons of Norway Leif Erikson Lodge No. 1 Queen and Princess Scholarship Program

The Queen and Princess Scholarship Program awards two young women who represent the lodge as its queen and princess with awards of $1,000 and $400, respectively. The winners will represent Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001 in at least five events of their choosing during the year. The queen must be 18 by Aug. 1 and enrolled or accepted at an accredited college or university. The princess must be between 10 and 18.

Sons of Norway Foundation Nancy Lorraine Jensen Memorial Fund

This merit-based scholarship encourages young women to enter the field of science and engineering. It is open to female members or the daughter or granddaughter of a member of the Sons of Norway, provided that such membership has been in effect for at least three years. The applicant must be an American citizen between 17 and 25 years old who is a full-time undergraduate who has completed at least one term as a major in chemistry, physics, or chemical, electrical, or mechanical engineering. The applicant must have attained an SAT score of 1800 with a math score over 600, or an ACT score of at least 26.
Deadline: March 1

Location-specific scholarships
Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, Seattle Scholarship

The Greater Seattle Chapter of the NACC offers the Leif Eie Scholarship in the amount of $2,000. This scholarship is intended to promote trade, commerce, and other professional relations between Norway, Washington State, and the Pacific Northwest. Priority is given to applicants whose course of study is in business or the professions. All applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and maintain a C+ grade point average or its equivalent.

Norwegian Commercial Club, Seattle Scholarships

The Norwegian Commercial Club offers four scholarship awards totaling approximately $18,000. The first is for a $5,000 cash-only award sent to the educational institute of the award recipient. The second award for $5,000 includes the cash award and one round trip airline ticket to Oslo, Norway, for study in Scandinavia. This ticket is supported by IcelandAir. The third award for $5,000 is an NCC Fisheries Scholarship available to high school seniors or graduate students seeking to pursue a career in fisheries management or fisheries research in the Pacific Northwest or Alaska, or to students in fishery technical schools, such as the Maritime Academy. The fourth scholarship is for tuition and expenses for the International Summer School at the University of Oslo. The ISS scholarship is limited to students who live or attend school in Washington.

Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle Awards

The Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle is offering two awards totaling up to $1,500. These merit-based scholarships promote the musical endeavors of students in the Norwegian community. Priority is given to applicants whose course of study is music or related fields that ideally relate to Norway.
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., residing in the greater Seattle area, enrolled in high school, university, or college in the Pacific Northwest with a demonstrable knowledge of music, and must have a minimum of a C+ grade point average or equivalent.

Norwegian Society of Texas Scholarships

The NST Scholarship Program provides financial assistance with focus on increasing membership, promoting member activity and loyalty, and developing future NST leaders. In 2019, NST is offering three academic scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, for incoming  college students, continuing-education students, and post-graduate students.

The Norwegian Children’s Home Association in Brooklyn, N.Y. Grants

This organization offers grants to students ages 17 to 23 with at least 25 percent Norwegian heritage who are enrolled in or accepted to a full-time program of study at an American undergraduate school.

The Norwegian National League of Chicago Scholarships

To encourage the study of Norwegian heritage the Norwegian National League has developed and administers a scholarship program open to children of Norwegian descent in grades 1 – 12. College-bound seniors are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship and younger students are eligible for additional cash prizes. Older students must submit an original essay on a Norwegian topic, and students in grades 1 – 4 must submit an original drawing depicting a Norwegian topic. Applicants must reside in the Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Kendall, McHenry, or Will.

College/university-specific scholarships
Luther College Wigeland/American-Scandinavian Foundation Scholarship

The Wigeland/American-Scandinavian Foundation Scholarship provides the opportunity for current students to spend one semester or year of study in Scandinavia.  Students must have completed at least one full year of full-time study at Luther College, have demonstrated interest in concentrated study in Scandinavia, and present an outstanding academic record.  Application is open to students in any major provided they meet the eligibility requirements.

Pacific Lutheran University Scandinavian Cultural Center Faculty-Student Research Award

The Scandinavian Cultural Center at PLU offers Faculty-Student Research Awards for $1,200. To be eligible, one must be a full-time student at PLU, have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.3, be of junior or senior standing, and funds must be used for the stated research purpose.

Pacific Lutheran University Scandinavian Cultural Center Study Away Award

PLU also offers a $2,000 Study Away Award. To be eligible, one must be a full-time student at PLU, have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.3, be of junior or senior standing, and studying on PLU-approved summer, J-term, semester, or year program in Scandinavia. The funds must be used for the stated study abroad purpose.

Pacific Lutheran University Scandinavian Cultural Center Susan E. Young Study in Scandinavia Award

To apply for the Susan E. Young Award ($4,000), the applicant must be a full-time student at PLU, have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.3, be of junior or senior standing, and studying on PLU-approved summer, J-term, semester, or year program in Scandinavia. The funds must be used for the stated study abroad purpose.

St. Olaf College Department of Norwegian Rand Scholarship

Named in honor of Sidney Anders Rand, sixth president of St. Olaf College and United States Ambassador to Norway, and supported by the generous gift of Mary Rand Taylor and Ronald Taylor, the Rand Scholar Award is designed to foster undergraduate research in the life and culture of Norway. The award, in the amount of $5000, is offered each year to the St. Olaf student who presents the best proposal for a 300-level independent research course focusing on some aspect of Norwegian life.  Deadline in spring.

St. Olaf College Department of Norwegian Tweet-Rolvaag-Zempel Scholarship

For study in Norway. Application automatic with study abroad application procedure.

University of Alberta, Augustana Faculty, Torskeklubben of Edmonton Language Scholarship

$2750.00 to be awarded annually on the basis of superior academic achievement to a student demonstrating dedication to the study of Scandinavian languages and culture and skill in language acquisition (by nomination from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies).

University of California, Berkeley, Department of Scandinavian Departmental Citation

The Departmental Citation can be given to one student each year who has done outstanding academic work (minimum GPA of 3.5) in either the Scandinavian or Celtic Studies major.
Deadline: February 1

University of California, Berkeley, Department of Scandinavian Lundberg Prize

The Lundberg Prize is a Department of Scandinavian award recognizing excellence in scholarship by a graduating senior who has majored in Scandinavian.
Deadline: February 1

University of California, Berkeley, Department of Scandinavian Lundberg Travel Grant

The Lundberg Travel Grant invites students who have taken coursework in the department to apply for grants to subsidize travel to study-abroad programs anywhere in the Nordic region, either for summer or semester-long programs. One grant in the amount of $1500 will be available each year in this competition, if funding allows.
Deadline: February 1

University of Minnesota, Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch The Mary Ann Wilson Hansen Scholarship in Scandinavian Studies

The Mary Ann Wilson Hansen Scholarship in Scandinavian Studies offers $3,000 awards for up to two students with a Scandinavian emphasis (one of these is reserved for a student of Swedish). The awards are based on merit, with some consideration for financial need and priority given to students who have not previously received our scholarships. Applicants must have completed at least a 1003 or higher course in Norwegian, Swedish, or Finnish.

University of Washington, Department of Scandinavian Studies Scholarships

The University of Washington Department of Scandinavian Studies offers 10 scholarships for its undergraduate and graduate students in Norwegian language, literature, and area studies, in varying amounts between $1,500 and $23,000.

University of Wisconsin, Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic Scholarships

The University of Wisconsin Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic offers several scholarships and grants to qualified students enrolled in the program.

Peace Scholar programs

Six colleges founded by Norwegian-American immigrants in the 19th century sponsor an annual summer Peace Scholars program in Norway, designed to deepen students’ understanding of the central issues and theories regarding conflict, war and peace. Through an application and interview process, students from Augsburg University, Augustana University (Sioux Falls), Concordia College (Moorhead), Luther College, Pacific Lutheran University, and St. Olaf  College are selected as Peace Scholars and awarded a seven-week academic experience held at The Nansen Dialogue Network in Lillehammer and The University of Oslo International Summer School.

Augsburg University Peace Scholars
Augustana University (Sioux Falls) Peace Scholars
Concordia College (Moorhead) Peace Scholars
Luther College Peace Scholars
Pacific Lutheran University Peace Scholars
St. Olaf College Peace Scholars