The SHS Trade Award

The SHS Trade Scholarship was founded by the board of Sweden House Society in 2015 as a way to honour the early Swedes who came to British Columbia, and helped building our province with their hands and hearts.

The goal of this scholarship is to assist a British Columbia apprentice with the cost of their apprenticeship in of the following industries: construction, transportation, mechanical or electrical. The studies should result in a BC accreditation within the particular trade.

The scholarship has a value of $2,000 and will be paid upon proof of the recipient’s admission, with the funds being distributed upon the commencement of studies. It will be officially handed out in June 2018.

The 2018 application should include the following:

  1. Applicant’s name, address and email address.
  2. Proof of resident status of BC.
  3. Proof of registration to an accredited institution.
  4. Transcript of the most recent studies and marks.
  5. A written reference from one or more of the following: a previous teacher, instructor or school administrator, member of Sweden House (including organizations belonging to Sweden House) or someone unrelated who can attest to the applicant’s good character
  6. A short, handwritten essay that includes the applicant’s link to or view on Sweden, a description of volunteer work and /or employment, educational experiences, interests, travels, hobbies and to also future academic and post educational goals and how this scholarship can assist in attaining them. Particular weight will be addressed to volunteer work for one of the Swedish organisations which are members of the SHS.
  7. Any additional personal information that would serve to better assess the application. Especially involvement with the Swedish Community where the applicant lives or volunteering/connection with Sweden House Society or any of its member organisations is considered in a favourable way.

In order to be considered for the 2018 scholarship, the application and supporting documentation must be submitted by March 31, 2018 by email (swedenhousechair@nullgmail.com).

The SHS Karl Ståhl Award

Photo: Karl Ståhl, consul emeritus

Photo: Karl Ståhl, consul emeritus

The Karl Ståhl Scholarship was founded by the board of Sweden House Society in 2014 as a way to honour the long-time service of Consul General Karl A. Ståhl.  His career as the diplomatic representative of Sweden in British Columbia spanned over 45 years until his retirement in 1983. The scholarship was initiated through generous donations by the family and friends of Karl Ståhl, who passed away in 1996.

The goal of this scholarship is to assist a British Columbia student with the cost of his or her post-secondary studies at an accredited institute of higher learning at a post secondary level. The studies can take place anywhere in the world. A strong interest in Sweden and the Swedish Community in BC is a requirement to apply.

The scholarship has a value of $2,000 and will be awarded annually in the month of June. The scholarship is paid upon proof of the recipient’s admission with the funds being distributed upon the commencement of studies.

The application should include the following:

  1. Applicant’s name, address and email address.
  2. Proof of resident status of BC.
  3. Proof of registration to an accredited institution.
  4. Transcript of the most recent studies and marks.
  5. A written reference from one or more of the following: a previous teacher, instructor or school administrator, member of Sweden House (including organizations belonging to Sweden House) or someone unrelated who can attest to the applicant’s good character
  6. A short, handwritten essay that includes the applicant’s link to and interest in Sweden, a description of volunteer work and /or employment, educational experiences, interests, travels, hobbies and to also future academic and post educational goals and how this scholarship can assist in attaining them.
  7. Any additional personal information that would serve to better assess the application. Especially involvement with the Swedish Community where the applicant lives or volunteering/connection with Sweden House Society or any of its member organisations is considered in a favourable way.

In order to be considered for the 2018 scholarship, the application and supporting documentation must be submitted by March 31, 2018 by email (swedenhousechair@nullgmail.com) or by regular mail to Sweden House Society-Scholarship, 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby, BC V5B 4P9.

 

 

SHS Scholarhips

There are currently two official scholarships of the Sweden House Society (SHS) and one by the SHS member organisation SWEA Vancouver:

  • The SHS Karl Ståhl Award. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist a British Columbia student with the cost of his/her post-secondary education. Value: $2,000 CDN. Deadline March 31, 2018.
  • The SHS Trade Award. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist a British Columbia apprentice with the cost of his/her apprenticeship in of the following industries: construction, transportation, mechanical or electrical. Value: $2,000 CDN. Deadline March 31, 2018.
  • The SWEA Vancouver-University of British Columbia Scholarship for undergraduate studies in Sweden. Find out more on SWEA Vancouver’s website. Value: $3,000 CDN. Deadline April 30th, 2018.

For all scholarships, applicants have to demonstrate and prove a strong interest in Sweden and the Swedish community in BC. Volunteering at the Scandinavian Centre or in any of the member organisations weigh heavily in the decision made by the scholarship committee.

Contact SHS at swedenhousechair@nullgmail.com for more information on our scholarships and deadlines.

NHS Scholarship

Norwegian House Society Bursaries – 2018

c/o Scandinavian Community Centre

6540 Thomas Street

Burnaby, B.C. V5B 4P9

BURSARY INFORMATION

Norwegian House Society (“NHS”) is offering eight $1,000 bursaries in 2018. They will be presented at a dinner on May 17th, Norway’s Constitutional Day, at the Scandinavian Community Centre in Burnaby. The 2018 bursaries are:

  1. Egil Lorntzsen Memorial Bursary: Established by NHS in memory of the founder of B.C.’s Lornex mine. Preference is given to students in engineering, geology, mining, and related fields.
  2. John Sherman Memorial Bursary: Established by NHS in memory of the founder of John Sherman Agencies Ltd. of Vancouver. Preference is given to students in culinary arts, instrumentation, and related fields, or in Norwegian studies.
  3. Egil Lyngen Memorial Bursary: Established by Peter Cruikshank in memory of Mr. Lyngen, an architect. Preference is given to students in architecture, landscape architecture, design and related fields, or in Norwegian studies, including those of a sporting or athletic nature.
  4. Erik Unheim Memorial Bursary: Erik was one of the key organizers for the original purchase of the Scandinavian Cultural Centre from the Norwegian Government in 1996. He was the first President of Norwegian House Society. Erik was a tireless supporter of the Norwegian House Society and a very active member of the Scandinavian Business Club. In awarding this bursary preference will be given to a student who is pursuing a course of study in business, economics or finance.
  5. The Norwegian House Society (NHS) Memorial Bursary: This bursary was created to remember all the NHS members who have died over the past year. With this bursary, preference will be given to a student who has shown a strong interest in Norwegian heritage and the Norwegian language. The student would also have to display an active volunteer presence in the community and preference would be given to those applicants who have been active in the NHS or other Norwegian groups. Mature students would qualify for this bursary and it would be available for any level of study including graduate studies.
  6. The Olaf “Hall” Leiren Memorial Bursary: This bursary is in honour of a renowned journalist and public servant who had a strong interest in Nordic culture. Preference will be given to a student who is pursuing a course in the Humanities, particularly in areas of study that reflect Hall’s own lifelong interests: History, English, Journalism, International Relations, Languages, Public Affairs or Nordic studies. He would also want to encourage any young person considering a career or pursuits related to the sea, as his earliest years were spent on the fjords and ocean with his father, uncles and cousins. He encouraged active participation in sports, with two of his favourites being skiing & tennis.
  7. The Chester and Patricia Hansen Memorial Bursary: This bursary is in honour of Chester and Patricia Hansen, a couple who were active in the Norwegian community. Chester was a well-regarded fisher and Patricia was an exemplary primary school teacher. In awarding this bursary, preference will be given to a student pursuing a career in either Elementary Education or Fisheries and Oceans.  The student must be entering either their third (3rd) or fourth (4) year of study at a recognized university of college.  In addition, active community involvement by the applicant will be viewed with favour.
  8. The Reik Felag Bursary: This bursary is provided by the recreationist group Reik Felag.  In awarding this bursary, preference will be given to a student pursuing education in a trade as well as and interest and involvement in Scandinavian culture.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION INFORMATION

Send applications to the NHS Scholarship Committee at Norway@nullscandinaviancentre.org.  Applications must be in the form of a single pdf, which includes all required documents. Paper applications will not be accepted. The scholarship committee may request copies of originals, check documents for authenticity, and contact references.  Complete applications must be received by 4:30 pm on Friday, April 27th, 2018.

                                                QUALIFICATIONS (ALL APPLICANTS)

  1. All applicants must be enrolled in post-secondary studies at a recognized public educational institution in 2018 – 2019. Studies at a Norwegian folk high school or the University of Oslo International Summer School are also acceptable.
  2. Preference will be given to applicants who are members of the NHS or have an immediate family member who is a member of the NHS, who are of Norwegian heritage, and/or who have a substantial interest in Norway and Norwegian culture and heritage. Preference will also be given to those who display financial need in pursuit of their post-secondary education.

                                       

MANDATORY INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS

  1. A covering letter.
  2. Full name, date of birth, and citizenship.
  3. Home address, mailing address (if different), e-mail address, and telephone number(s).
  4. General information: goals, hobbies, interests, community/volunteer work, outdoor and athletic activities, work experience, etc.
  5. Evidence of Norwegian heritage, membership in the NHS, relative(s) who are members of the NHS, and active interests in Norway and Norwegian culture and heritage. That may include membership in other Canadian-Norwegian organizations, e.g. Sons of Norway.
  6. Name of secondary school attended (transcript required if you graduated fewer than two years ago).
  7. Name of institution currently attending (if applicable), with transcript(s).
  8. Proof of application or admission for autumn 2018, or in the case of University of Oslo International Summer School, for summer 2018.
  9. Budget for the coming year, including scholarships and bursaries.
  10. Intended program or course of study for 2018 and beyond.
  11. Names and contact information for two references, one of whom must be a teacher or professor.

Applications must be typed, in the form of a single pdf, and include scanned copies of transcripts and proof of admission. Please limit the application (excluding any transcripts and proof of admission) to not more than three pages.

All applicants will be notified by May 4th, and successful applicants are asked to attend the dinner on May 17th. Bursaries will be paid to the institution in which successful applicants are enrolled, or the applicant, by July 31st, 2018.

The Selection Committee reserves the right to decline awarding a bursary if there are no suitable applicants for the award.

If you have questions, please call David Moulton at (604) 522-8182. See also http://scandinaviancentre.org/norway/

Please do not call the Scandinavian Centre office.