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2019 Lilly Lorénzen Scholarship

Lilly Lorénzen Scholarship - Marks its 40th Anniversary

The 2019 recipient of the Lilly Lorénzen Scholarship is Rachel Dwyer.

The Lilly Lorénzen Scholarship Committee, in conjunction with the American Swedish Institute, announced that Rachel Dwyer of Maple Grove, Minnesota, is the recipient for the the 40th annual scholarship to supplement study in Sweden in the amount of $1,000.

The award goes to the best-qualified applicant with plans to study in Sweden during 2019-2020.  Applicants must be Minnesota residents, 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 scholarship, awarded annually through the ASI, was established in 1980 by friends, students and relatives of Lilly Lorénzen, the late Swedish language instructor at the University of Minnesota and the American Swedish Institute, and author of the book “Of Swedish Ways.” She was also a respected builder of Swedish heritage in America.

Dwyer is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Anthropology with a focus in archaeology at the University of Buffalo, New York. Her dissertation study is entitled Healing in Conflicts, Conflicts in Healing: The Paleoethnomedicine of the Svear Region, 600-1200 AD.  She will be travelling to Umeå University in Sweden to collaborate with researchers there to test her new approach to detecting medicinal plant use from recovered plant remains from the Viking age.

Dwyer has studied Swedish at the ASI, as well as through Minnesota State University, Mankato and Maple Grove Community Education. Following completion of her Doctoral degree, she hopes to continue in archaeology, and looks forward to sharing her findings with the ASI community.  

Lilly Lorénzen Scholarship Winner 2019 - Rachel Dwyer

Lilly Lorénzen Scholarship Winner 2019 - Rachel Dwyer
Lilly Lorénzen Scholarship Winner 2019 - Rachel Dwyer

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."