October 9, 2017


Swedish Council of American provides financial support to organizations through SCA Grants and to individuals through SCA Scholarships.

SCA Grants

In the 1990s, SCA leadership established the SCA Heritage Fund to ensure that SCA can provide grants to projects that promote Swedishness for decades to come. Proceeds from this endowment fund, along with supplemental funding from SCA annual funds, have permitted SCA to make $1,000,000 in grants to the Swedish-American community! We believe this makes SCA the largest community-supported source of funding for Swedish America in the United States.

SCA Grants have gone to nearly 400 projects at 184 organizations in 35 states and provinces. This pretty much guarantees that SCA has funded one or more projects in your area.

SCA Scholarships

SCA has two long-established annual scholarships.

  • The SCA Curtis L. Carlson Swedish-American Scholarship. Mr. Carlson fully endowed this scholarship in the 1990s and it supports Swedish students from Uppsala Universitet who want to study in the United States.
  • The SCA Glenn T. Seaborg Science Scholarship. This three-decade old scholarship is named after a Nobel Laureate and former SCA Board Chair. It sends American students to participate in the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar, which culminates with the participants attending the Nobel Ceremonies and Banquet.

The resounding demand for these scholarships has led us to dream big and in 2013 the SCA board authorized six major SCA Scholarships inspired by the six Nobel Prizes. When fully funded, SCA will offer scholarships in the following areas:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Swedish Language
  • Medicine or Public Health
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies
  • Economics and Entrepreneurialism