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Scholarships at ASI

ASI offers a number of opportunities to support access to our programs and to promote the study and sharing of Swedish language and culture. Links to applications are posted here whenever they are live.


ASI Program Scholarships 

ASI is excited to welcome students from historically underrepresented groups and cultural communities into our classes at a reduced tuition fee. Limited spaces in each class are available on a first come, first serve basis. Students are invited to use these scholarships up to two times per calendar year. Please fill out the online form here or contact Food and Handcraft Programs Coordinator Erin Swenson-Klatt at with questions.  

Cultivating Nordic Craft: Teaching Tools Grant 

ASI offers an annual grant to support the preservation and cultivation of Nordic crafts through investing in the next generation of craft practitioners and instructors. ASI believes that investing in individual instructors is an important way to promote Nordic crafts, because it allows instructors to gain experience and share traditional knowledge while teaching widely across many institutions. The Teaching Tools Grant provides a one-time award of up to $1,000 to an emerging craft instructor for a purchase of tools and equipment that will expand their teaching capacity. Applications open annually on April 15 and close May 31; grantees are announced mid-June. For more information please contact Food and Handcraft Programs Coordinator, Erin Swenson-Klatt at

Learn more and apply here. 

Lilly Lorénzen Scholarship

The award sponsors a Minnesota resident to study in Sweden. 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 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.

For more information, please email Britta Walstrom, ASI Programs Manager, at  

Scholarship applications are posted here when they are available. The scholarship award is paused for 2021. 

Raoul Wallenberg Prize in Humanitarian History, Minnesota History Day

In connection with the annual Minnesota History Day competition, ASI awards two student entries that study a person or group of people who made a significant historical contribution with their work to improve the welfare of others. The prize is dedicated to the life and example of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who heroically led the rescue of approximately 100,000 Hungarian Jews from July 1944 to January 1945. You can learn more about Minnesota History Day here.