Every year, The Sons of Norway Foundation makes a positive impact through the distribution and award of scholarships and grants. We're dedicated to helping students achieve their educational goals, and steadfast in our work to empower youth, heritage and cultural projects throughout your communities.

A complete list of our grant and scholarship opportunities is presented below, and we encourage you to check back on December 1st every year for the most current information.

 

Grants

Grants made possible through our Heritage and Culture Fund

The Sons of Norway Foundation Heritage and Culture Fund was established in 1988 when HRH Crown Princess Sonja of Norway allowed her name to be used to raise funds. Two kinds of grants are available through this fund:

 

Local Lodge Partnership Grants

 

 

Annual deadline: January 15 

 

  • Awarded to lodges that wish to promote Norwegian heritage in their communities.
  • Matching fund grants with a maximum award of $1,000.
  • Examples include cultural fairs, hosting visiting groups, cultural skills classes, books for lodge libraries, etc.

Apply online.

Past recipients: 2014, 2013, 2012 

 

General Heritage and Culture Grants

Annual deadline: February 1

  • Awarded to individuals, groups or organizations that promote the heritage and culture of traditional or modern Norway.
  • Maximum award $1,500.
  • Examples include community festivals, cultural exchange programs, research projects, instructional videos and books, etc.

Apply online.

Past recipients: 2014, 2013, 2012

 

Norex Charitable Fund Grant

The Sons of Norway Foundation established the NOREX fund in 2012 to support the annual exchange of the Norwegian Home Guard and Minnesota National Guard as well as  other exchanges between Norway and the United States. 

To apply for this grant, please contact the Foundation Director at foundation@sofn.com.

 

Grants made possible through our Humanitarian Fund

The Sons of Norway Foundation Humanitarian Fund was established in 1997. We gratefully acknowledge the generosity and patronage of HRM, King Harald V of Norway in establishing and providing its initial funding. A contribution of $250 or more to the S/N Foundation Humanitarian Fund entitles the donor to a special edition medallion with the image of, HRM, King Harald V. The estate of Dr. Myrtle Beinhauer, a Sons of Norway member and educator, made a generous gift to the Foundation, which is also a major source for this funding.

 

Helping Hands to Children Grant

 

Annual deadline February 15

  • Available for lodges that help establish educational/heritage programming for youth.
  • Examples include Adopt a School, Children’s Folk Dancing Groups, Junior Lodges and Heritage Camps.
  • Matching fund grants with a maximum award of $500.

Apply online.

Past recipients: 2014, 2013, 2012

 

Helping Hands to Members Grant

 

In 2004 the Sons of Norway Foundation established this grant to help current members by awarding grants of $1,000 per family with recovery following natural disasters including floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and wildfires. 

To receive further information on the specific process required to apply for a grant, please contact the Foundation Director at foundation@sofn.com.

 

Scholarships

 

King Olav V Norwegian-American Heritage Fund

Annual deadline March 1

HRM, King Olav V of Norway allows the Sons of Norway Foundation to use his name in establishing a fund to promote cultural exchange between Norway and North America.

Eligible applicants are:

  • Americans age 18 and older, who plan to explore an interest in Norwegian heritage or modern Norway at an institution of higher learning.
  • Norwegians age 18 and older, who desire to further their studies in American culture at an institution of higher learning.

Full scholarship details available at the online application.

2014 Scholarship Recipients

 

Astrid G. Cates/Myrtle Beinhauer Fund*

Annual deadline March 1

Astrid G. Cates and Dr. Myrtle Beinhauer remembered Sons of Norway Youth with special bequests through their estates to the Sons of Norway Foundation.

Eligible applicants are:

  • Enrolling in post-secondary training or education including trade school, vocational school or college.

Full scholarship details available at the online application.

2014 Scholarship Recipients

 

Nancy Lorraine Jensen Memorial Scholarship Fund*

Annual deadline April 1

Dr. and Mrs. Arthur S. Jensen established this fund in memory of their remarkable daughter, Nancy Lorraine Jensen, an aerospace engineer/chemist at NASA, who died unexpectedly at age 35.

Eligibility:

  • This scholarship is open to American citizens, women ages 17-35. Applicant, parent or grandparent must have three consecutive years of membership prior to applying.
  • Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate who has completed at least one term of studies and been accepted as a major in chemistry, physics, or in chemical, electrical or mechanical engineering.
  • Applicant attained an SAT score of at least 1800, a math score of at least 600, or an ACT score of at least 26.
  • Scholarship award is for 50% of the tuition of one semester for up to three years.

Full scholarship details available at the online application.

2014 Scholarship Recipients

 

Scholarship to Oslo International Summer School*

Annual deadline March 1

The Sons of Norway Foundation offers two $1,500 scholarships each year for students to attend the Oslo International Summer School, a 6-week program from June to August. Visit The University of Oslo for details and course descriptions.

Full scholarship details available at the online application.

2014 Scholarship Recipients

 

Helen Tronvold Norwegian Folk High School Scholarship

Annual deadline March 1

Established in 2004, thanks to a gift-by-will from Sons of Norway member Helen Tronvold, this scholarship offers up to three $2,000 scholarships annually. This scholarship supports the Sons of Norway foundation's goal of providing cross-cultural experiences for youth by helping them attend one of Norway's 70 folk high schools for an entire year of study (August-May). 

Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be a high school graduate, age 18-23.
  • Must be accepted to a folk high school.

Full scholarship details available at the online application.

2014 Scholarship Recipients

 

Lund Fund Scholarship*

Annual deadline May 1

The Sons of Norway International Board of Directors established the Lund Fund of the Sons of Norway Foundation in 2010 as a tribute to former Chief Executive Officer, John Lund and Allan Lund, former Legal Counsel of Sons of Norway, for their combined forty years of outstanding service and dedication. This fund provides one $1,500 scholarship, annually, for study abroad experiences through accredited, post high school, educational institutions.

Eligibility:

  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Special consideration given to military veterans.
  • No preference is given based on country selected for study-abroad experience.

Full scholarship details available at the online application.

2014 Scholarship Recipients

  

Warne - Eng Scholarship*

Annual deadline April 1

This scholarship is endowed and funded by Douglas Warne in honor and remembrance of his experiences at the University of Oslo, International Summer School and the friendship and assistance provided by Rotary through the Rolf and Wenche Eng family during that school year and subsequent visit to Norway. 

The Warne-Eng Scholarship creates an opportunity for qualified applicants to attend educational institutions in Norway and assists with the major costs of tuition, room and board.

Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be accepted to study at an accredited, post high school setting in Norway, (including, but not limited to, folk and craft schools, Oslo University International Summer School and other colleges in Norway, music, theatre and technical schools).

  • Any current American or Canadian members of the Sons of Norway or Rotary, as well as their children or grandchildren, are eligible to apply. 
  • Applicant must be willing to share their experiences with Sons of Norway or Rotary groups upon return to the USA.

  • Applicants of any age who have completed one full year of college level work, and have been accepted by an educational institution in Norway for undergraduate work, are eligible.

Full scholarship details available at the online application.

 

* Indicates a requirement of current Sons of Norway membership for the applicant, or applicant's parent/grandparent. See full scholarship details in each case.  

 

Questions?

For more information on scholarships offered by the Sons of Norway Foundation, send us an email or call (800) 945-8851.