The Sofie/Olson Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Sofie/Olson Memorial Scholarship Fund was created from donations that were contributed after the untimely deaths of two women – Sherrie Sofie and Bernice Olson – who gave much of their time and talents to District Two Sons of Norway.
Each year District Two awards three scholarships to attend District Two Youth camps; one each to Camp Normanna, Camp Nidaros and Camp Trollhaugen. The scholarship fund is self-sustaining and only the interest will be used for the awards.
Who is Eligible?
All applicants must be children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces or nephews of current District Two Sons of Norway members.
All applicants must have completed a separate application for the camp of their choice.
Awards are contingent on acceptance to one of the camps.
How do I apply?
Applicants must submit a scholarship application (see attached).
How are the winners selected?
Final selection of the scholarship winners will be made by the Scholarship Committee. The criteria for selection include interest and participation in Norwegian cultural and heritage activities.
How much is the Award?
The District Two Scholarship Committee will determine the amount to be awarded based on the available interest in the scholarship account. A recipient can only be awarded the Scholarship once, so previous winners may not apply.
Deadline for Application?
All applications must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2017.
Applications must be sent to:
Sons of Norway – District Two
c/o David Champion, Youth Director
111 NE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
Contact Scholarship Committee
David Champion(Chair) 971-284-4175
Ingrid Hueneke 360-377-4454
Seth Tufteland 206-605-4112
Draxten Memorial Fund for Heritage and Cultural Camps
The Draxten Fund was a gift by will in 1998 from Nina Draxten, the daughter of the original founder and first president of Sons of Norway, Bersvend Draxten. She wanted children to have a chance to learn about their Norwegian heritage and culture. Nina was a lifelong teacher and retired from the University of Minnesota as an Associate Professor of English. She began an acting career at age 80. She directed many school plays in her long career as an educator. She lived to be 98 years old. Her name was pronounced, like Dinah, as she was born at 9 PM on the 9th day of the 9th month.
Each year the Sons of Norway Foundation awards approximately $10,000, divided by the number of members in each of the six US Districts within Sons of Norway, specifically for Sons of Norway youth to attend heritage & culture camps. Around two hundred children are awarded partial scholarships to attend these camps every year.
To be eligible to receive Draxten Fund assistance in District 2, the camper must be accepted by one of the three camps and must be receiving a scholarship from their local lodge. The funds provided to District 2 will be distributed to those campers who qualify.
The Carl M. Saltveit Scholarship
The Carl M. Saltveit Scholarship Fund is a permanent, endowed scholarship fund designed to encourage and facilitate attendance to the International Summer School (ISS) at the University of Oslo in Norway. The amount of the award varies each year and covers tuition, room and board. Only District 2 members, children or grandchildren are eligible to apply this scholarship. For more information about the school, please go to www.uio.no/english/studies/summerschool. In 2017, the dates for the ISS are June 24th-August 3rd. You can apply for the ISS on the website above starting on December 1st, 2016.
The scholarship is named for Carl M. Saltveit, Sr., in honor and remembrance of his contributions to the Norwegian-American community through Grieg Lodge #15 (Portland, Oregon), his work in Norwegian war relief, and educational exchange and services to immigrants and visitors from Norway. In addition, he served as an International Director of the Sons of Norway.
The District Two Scholarship Committee will choose the top three candidates and forward their applications, along with a recommendation, to the Sons of Norway Foundation. The Foundation will select the recipient and administer the scholarship.
Where do I submit my application?
Applications (including all supporting documents) must be postmarked no later than February 15th and mailed to:
Sons of Norway-District Two Carl M. Saltveit Scholarship Committee
c/o David Champion
111 NE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
Faxed copies will not be accepted.
Who is eligible?
- Have met the entrance requirements and been accepted to attend the International Summer School at the University of Oslo
- Be a current member of District Two or be a child or grandchild of a current member of District Two
- Have completed one full year of college level work.
You do not have to be currently enrolled in school. Applicants of any age who have completed one full year of college level work are eligible to apply.
How do I apply?
Applicants must submit:
- A completed and signed application
- Two essays
- Three letters of recommendation
- An official grade transcript
Typed applications are appreciated.
If you have any questions on any of the scholarships, please contact:
District 2 Youth Director
Scholarship Committee Chair