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2019 Lilly Lorénzen Scholarship

Lilly Lorénzen Scholarship - Marks its 40th Anniversary

The Lilly Lorénzen Scholarship Committee, in conjunction with the American Swedish Institute, is happy to announce the 40th annual competition for a scholarship to supplement study in Sweden in the amount of $1,000.

The award will go to the best-qualified applicant with plans to study in Sweden during 2019-2020.  Applicants must be a Minnesota resident, demonstrate achievement in their field of study, have a working knowledge of the Swedish language, present a credible plan for scholarly or creative study in Sweden during the 2019-2020 school year and contribute to American-Swedish exchange.

The award was established 40 years ago by friends and former students as a memorial to the late Lilly Lorénzen, an instructor in Swedish at the University of Minnesota and the American Swedish Institute, author of the book Of Swedish Ways, and a respected builder of Swedish heritage in America.

The application deadline is May 1, 2019.  Finalists will be notified for a personal interview with the committee.  The award will be presented at the ASI's Midsommar celebration on June 15.

For more information, please email Liz Stopka, ASI's Language and Cultural Programs Coordinator, at

Download the scholarship application form from this attachment.

Past Recipients:

Chelsea Bodin of Apple Valley was the 2017-18 recipient of the Lilly Lorénzen Scholarship for Study in Sweden.

Bodin studied international tax law at Uppsala University during fall 2017. She was the first in her family to visit Sweden, but had spent a significant amount of time on ancestry websites, and planned to also use this opportunity abroad to explore her family heritage. Her academic interest lies primarily in the relationship between Sweden’s high effective tax rate and the public’s confidence in the Swedish Tax Agency. She hoped to gain a global perspective on the legal profession as well as the laws that pervade daily lives.

Bodin graduated from Apple Valley High School and the University of Wisconsin with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Legal Studies and Sociology. She is currently working towards a law degree from the University of Minnesota. Upon her return, Bodin will graduate with a Juris Doctor degree as well as a Master’s Degree in International Tax Law. She looks forward to a career in labor and employment law.

Jonathan Poole, 1999 recipient, shares his experience...

"In 1999, as a Gustavus sophomore studying Swedish under Professor Roland Thorstensson, I received a language-study scholarship from your institution [American Swedish Institute]. I used it to spend a summer at Ålands folkhögskola, in the village of Pålsböle, on the autonomous Åland Islands. My experiences there eventually led me to the State Department, where, after assignments to Russia, Libya, and the United Nations, I find myself back in Scandinavia. I currently serve as the security attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki. The Swedish I learned in Åland, thanks to your scholarship, has served me well ever since. Here's a photo of me in front of Ålands folkhögskola, when I returned for a visit last week, 18 years after your scholarship first sent me there."