The Leif Erikson Lodge No. 1, Sons of Norway, Educational Foundation has announced several scholarships for 2012. The applications, supporting documents, and recommendations must be postmarked by March 31, 2012 to the Educational Foundation at Leif Erickson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St. Seattle, WA 98107. Applications are available on the website or by visiting the office. For more detailed information about each scholarship, visit Leif Erikson’s scholarship website.
The 2012 awards are the following:
- Douglas Warne Vocational Scholarship: $1,500 for students ages 18 to 25 who will attend an accredited technical, trade, or vocational program in Washington state. Applicants must submit an essay of 250 words maximum describing accomplishments to date, interest in Norwegian/Scandinavian culture or heritage, involvement in Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001, community activities, and education or career goals.
- Queen and Princess Scholarship Program: Two young women will represent the lodge as its queen and princess and will receive awards of $800 or $200 respectively. The queen must be 18 years old as of August 8, 2012, and enrolled or accepted into an accredited college or university for the 2012-2013 school year. The princess must not be younger than 10 and not older than 17 on the date the application is submitted. Applicants must complete application form, provide latest grade transcript, write an essay of 250 words or less, and submit two letters of recommendation.
- Youth Camp Instructor/Counselor Grant: This award is for students who can provide a positive camp experience for young people participating in the District Two Sons of Norway Youth Camp Program. To be eligible for the Youth Camp Instructor/Counselor Award, the applicant must be either: 1) a student who is accepted by or attending an accredited college/university in a Scandinavian Studies Program, or 2) a student who is accepted by, or is attending any other college/ university program with an interest in Scandinavian heritage and culture, or 3) any member in good standing of Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001, Sons of Norway, who demonstrates a knowledge or interest in Scandinavian heritage and/or culture. There is $500 award per camp with preference being given to applicants participating in at least two camps. Maximum award granted is $1,500.
- Youth Leadership Award: This is for one young person planning on attending an institution of higher learning or trade school. The amount of the award is $1,000. To be eligible for the Youth Leadership Award: the applicant must be a member in good standing of Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001, Sons of Norway; or be a close relative of a member, in good standing; the applicant must be a United States citizen not younger than 18 and not older than 22 on the date the award application is submitted; and the applicant must not have previously received this award.
- Camp Normanna or Camp Nidaros Endowed LEL Scholarship Award: Youth Camp Program for District 2, Sons of Norway, will provide the recipient with a scholarship for 25% of the fee for the camps. To be eligible for the Camp Award applicant’s sponsor must be a member in good standing of Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001, Sons of Norway; be 9 years old before the Camp begins and not reach age 13 until after September 1; and must be accepted by Camp Normanna or Camp Nidaros before applying for the Leif Erikson Lodge Scholarship. Applicants must also write a short 50-100 words essay explaining why you wish to attend and the essay should include why you have an interest in Scandinavia. Camp Normanna is near Everett, Washington, and Camp Nidaros is near Seaside, Oregon.
- Camp Trollhaugen Endowed LEL Scholarship Award: Youth Camp Program for District 2, Sons of Norway, will provide the recipient with a scholarship for 25% to the fee for the camp. To be eligible for the Camp Trollhaugen Camp Award, the applicant’s sponsor must be a member in good standing of Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001, Sons of Norway; be 13 years old before the respective Camp begins and must not reach age 15 until after September 1; be accepted by Camp Trollhaugen before applying for the Leif Erikson Lodge Scholarship. Applicants must also write a short 100-150 word essay as to why you wish to attend camp and this essay should include why you have an interest in Scandinavia.