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 $10,000. It is annually awarded to one or more 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 was 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

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
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 Hollinger
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-Linnea Towle
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
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]

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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.

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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*