Inaugurated in 2014, SCA views this scholarship as integral to its mission of furthering knowledge and awareness of Swedish-American heritage and culture in North America and promoting contemporary cultural and educational ties between the United States, Canada and Sweden.
The scholarship consists of a travel stipend of up to $4,000 for a study experience in Sweden, to be completed within 12 months of receiving the award. To be eligible, nominees must be an outstanding, full-time undergraduate student with a humanities major and a demonstrated interest in Sweden or a field that is especially prominent in Sweden. Humanities may include, but is not limited to design, fine arts, ethnology, music, history, culture, philosophy or theology.
Recipients will be selected from a list of candidates nominated by the Presidents of the six Swedish Heritage Colleges founded by Swedish immigrants. Nominees are assessed on academic achievement, ability to conduct self-directed research, creative potential, volunteer community service, the potential of their proposed studies in Sweden to further knowledge of Sweden in America and to strengthen ties between the United States and Sweden, and their ability to represent positively Swedish Council of America and their home college or university while in Sweden.
Unlike the SCA Glenn T. Seaborg Science Scholarship and the SCA Curtis L. Carlson Swedish American Scholarship that have been offered for decades, this scholarship is without a named patron. The long-term goal is to be able to provide at least two full-year scholarships for humanities studies in Sweden and to expand eligibility beyond the six Swedish Heritage Colleges. SCA is actively seeking generous permanent underwriting of this scholarship. Interested donors should contact the SCA office.
If you are interested in being nominated for consideration for the SCA Humanities Scholarship, contact your college president or head of your department. Nominations for the next award are due in the beginning of February.