SWEA International, Swedish Women’s Educational Association, Inc., is a non-profit global organization dedicated to the promotion of Swedish culture and the encouragement of friendship and personal growth among its members.
SWEA Boston Chapter offers an annual scholarship of $8,000. It is annually awarded to one or two well-merited female undergraduate or graduate students at a New England university who wish to pursue studies or a work/study program in Sweden for at least one semester. Also, special research projects in Sweden by New England women are encouraged and will be considered.
The SWEA Boston Scholarship is made possible through the organization’s annual fund raiser, “Swedish Yuletide- The SWEA Fair and Holiday Celebration,” that is held at the Cyclorama, the Boston Center for the Arts, in December every year.
This year´s scholarship luncheon and award ceremony will be held Sunday May 7, 2017 at the Scandinavian Living Center in Newton, MA.
Scandinavian Living Center
206 Waltham Street
West Newton, MA 02465
SWEA Boston Scholarship recipients 2016
This year, we were blessed with four very talented recipients of the SWEA Boston Scholarship, which means that SWEA’s message to spread knowledge about Sweden and Swedish culture can be carried by four highly motivated women. The awards were handed out at the traditional Scholarship Luncheon at the Nordic Hall in Newton, where 30 enthusiastic SWEA women celebrated the recipients and the fruit of their fundraising labor from the SWEA Holiday Fair earlier in the year.
Mikaela Karlsson is the recipient of our travel grant. She will be spending the summer in Sweden and SWEA’s contribution helps her attend the Swedish language program at Uppsala University. Mikaela is at Brown University and she is an accomplished lacrosse player, a game which is just receiving some recognition in Sweden.
Kaitlin Holliger has created her own major at U Mass Amherst in Applied Astrobiology. Kaitlin is interested in environmental policy. At Uppsala University, she plans to interact with the Climate Change Leadership community there to learn how to effectively bring about environmental changes.
Anna is from the University of Vermont, and impressed the scholarship committee deeply. She has applied to and been accepted to the Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH); they have a master’s degree in Electrical Power Engineering that specifically looks at the integration of renewable energy into existing power grids. KTH stands out among other European universities that offer this field, which is not even available in the USA.
Maria Hanson is attending Williams College in Williamstown, MA, pursuing a degree in Economics. She will be attending the Swedish Program at the Stockholm School of Economics, where she will be studying international economics and comparative public policy. Unfortunately, Maria was unable to attend the luncheon and award ceremony.
Read a letter from 2012-13 Scholarship recipient, Gretchen Gerlach
Read a letter from 2011 Scholarship recipient, Sabrina Harris (2013)
Read a letter from 2011 Scholarship recipient, Sabrina Harris.
Read a letter from 2011 Scholarship recipient, Ruairi Smith-Dewey.
For more information about the Scholarship please send e-mail to scholarship[at]sweaboston.org
Study in Sweden – home of some of the oldest and newest universities in Europe!
Are you thinking about studying in Sweden? If so, read on.
If you are considering spending a semester or an academic year abroad and one of your possible destinations is Sweden, you will be interested to find out that SWEA Boston, a New England organization for Swedish and Swedish-speaking women, gives out an annual scholarship for women intending to study in Sweden.
Frequently Asked Questions about the SWEA BOSTON Scholarship Program
What is SWEA?
SWEA, Swedish Women’s Educational Association, Inc., is a global organization for Swedish and Swedish-speaking women who are currently living or have lived abroad. SWEA’s goals are to preserve the Swedish language, support and spread Swedish culture and traditions, help create personal and professional connections, as well as establish a world wide network of SWEA members. SWEA supports education via scholarships and various projects with ties to Sweden. SWEA was founded in 1979 in Los Angeles by Agneta Nilsson. The organization today consists of about 7500 members, in 73 local areas, in 33 different countries, on five continents.
What is the SWEA Boston Scholarship Program?
The Boston branch of SWEA has been giving out scholarships to women interested in pursuing studies in Sweden since 1988. Currently, the total amount granted is $8,000, to be given to one or more deserving candidates.
Who can apply to the scholarship program?
Any woman currently pursuing studies at a college or university in New England, who wants to study in Sweden for a semester or a year as an undergraduate or graduate student, is eligible to apply for the scholarship. Special research projects in Sweden by New England women are encouraged and will be considered.
Does the applicant have to be able to speak Swedish?
No, that is not a requirement. There are several university programs in Sweden, which are conducted in English.
Do the proposed studies have to be related to Sweden?
Yes, the proposed program in Sweden has to relate to Swedish culture and society in the broadest terms. The applicant has to have a reason to pursue studies in Sweden and not another country.
What have some of the previous scholarship winners done in Sweden?
We have had students of Swedish language and literature, history, film studies, environmental studies, biology and medicine, nursing, governmental policy, music, gender studies, ethnic studies and immigration, etc. Some of our participants studied at the Swedish Program at Stockholm University, which is conducted in English. See the table below of a list of previous scholarship winners.
When is the deadline for the application?
April 1 of each year for the following academic year.
What should be included in the application package?
There is an application form, letters of recommendation, as well as a personal statement regarding the proposed studies in Sweden and a university transcript. Applicants will also be interviewed prior to being selected.
Who makes the decision?
SWEA Boston has a scholarship committee consisting of seven to nine members. The members of the scholarship committee make a selection which is approved by SWEA’s Board of Directors.
When is the decision made?
The decision is usually made in late April, in time for the scholarship luncheon, which takes place on one of the first weekends in May in the Boston area. Attendance by the scholarship winner is mandatory.
Previous Scholarship Winners
|Year||Name||University in USA||Field of studies in Sweden|
|1988||Vicky Leung||Harvard University||Language Studies|
|1989||Sarah Patrick||Northeastern Univ||Biomedical Engineering|
|1990||Laura Nelson||Harvard University||Goverment Policy|
|1991||Meg Sibley||Smith College||Music|
|1992||Beth Stevens||Northeastern Univ||Medicine|
|1993||Allen LeVines||Berklee College,Music||Music|
|1994||Hayley Goodson||Brown University||Swedish Program*|
|1995||Maria Ivanova||Mt. Holyoke College||Environmental Studies|
|1996||Isabel Gill||Harvard University||Swedish Literature|
|1997||Jessica Meir||Brown University||Swedish Program|
|1998||Miwa Kozuki||Mt. Holyoke College||Ethnic Studies/Immigration|
|1999||Lisa Gambone||Brown University||Swedish Program*|
|2000||Elizabeth Chiappa||Harvard University||Swedish Culture and Society|
|2000||Anna Testa||Smith College||Sociology|
|2001||Kate Gubata||Brown University||Swedish Program*|
|2002||Katie Heikkinen||Harvard University||Public Health Policy|
|2003||Lilly Husbands||Brown University||Women’s Studies and Film|
|2003||Elizabeth Peterson||Brown University||International Studies|
|2004||Marienne Murch||Harvard University||Swedish Program*|
|2005||Angela Sherwin||Brown University||Swedish Program*|
|2006||Caitlin Flanagan||Brown University||Nursing|
|2007||Michelle Prairie||Univ. of Connecticut||Poli Sci & Economics|
|2007||Christa Bosch||Raoul Wallenberg Inst||Human Rights Law|
|2008||Anna Maria Martignetti||Lunds Universitet||Int’l Human Rights Law|
|2009||Amy Hernandez||Colby College||Swedish Program*|
|2010||Sarah Garlington||Boston University||Doctoral Program in Social Politics|
|2010||Hanna Freedman||Tufts University||Swedish Program*|
|2010||Ellen Wright||U. Mass. in Amherst||International Summer Program|
|2011||Sabrina Harris||Boston University||Master’s Comparative Education|
|2011||Ruairi Dewey-Smith||Brandeis University||Swedish Program*|
|2012||Lydia Ievens||Eric Sahlström Institute||Studying the nyckelharpa|
|2012||Gretchen Gerlach||Brown University||Swedish Program*|
|2012||Anneliese Lilienthal||Karolinska Institute||Master Program in Global Health|
|2013||Emma Chow||Bowdoin College||Swedish Program*|
|2013||Anna Reed||Brown University||Swedish Program*|
|2013||Hilary Pech||UMASS Amherst||Uppsala Universitet|
|2014||Sydney Smoot||Northeastern University||Swedish Program*|
|2014||Naomi Mastico||UMASS Amherst||Uppsala Universitet|
|2015||Emma Gronbeck||UMASS Amherst||Uppsala Universitet|
|2015||Lainie Rowland||Brown University||Swedish Program*|
|2015||Emy Takinami||University of Vermont||Swedish Program*|
|2016||Mikaela Karlsson||Brown University||Uppsala Universitet|
|2016||Kaitlin Hollinger||U Mass Amherst||Uppsala Universitet|
|2016||Anna-Linnea Towle||University of Vermont||Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan|
|2016||Maria Hanson||Williams College||Swedish Program*|