The Scott & Ella Viking Scholarship - the opportunity of a lifetime
Study at one of the top U.S. universities and experience the true American college life. Visit members of a unique alumni network through extensive travels in the USA. Get an unrivaled opportunity to dive into American society and culture.
The scholarship covers travel to and from Madison, tuition, accommodation and basic living expenses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. If selected you will have the opportunity to travel and visit past scholars living all over the USA. The total value of the scholarships is USD 42,000 for the full academic year of 2017-2018. You can choose freely what subjects you want to study at the university.
WHO CAN APPLY - Norwegian citizens between 21 and 27 years of age. - You are currently enrolled at a Norwegian university or college. It is recommended to have completed a Bachelor’s degree within your field by the time of departure. - You must be able to study, live and travel in the USA for the academic year of 2017-2018. - You are a person who loves making new friends, with a keen interest in international relations in general, and in America in particular. - You are a devoted student, with great social skills, high values and integrity. Involvement in extracurricular activities, leadership experience or organizational work will be advantageous. - You have good academic records and fluent communication skills in English and Norwegian.
This scholarship is about getting first-hand experience of American culture and fostering bonds between the Nordic countries and the USA. You are expected to act as an ambassador for Norway during your stay in the USA and participate at events organized by the BVO. Upon return to Norway, you will become part of an alumni network of former scholars, where you will be invited to participate in post-scholarship events.
HOW TO APPLY The scholar will be chosen based on his or her written application and on interviews, which will be held in Oslo mid-March, 2017.
The application should contain: 1) A personal letter (max. one page) explaining why you should receive the scholarship. 2) Your CV (max. one page). 3) Grade transcripts from your college or university.
THE BRITTINGHAM VIKING ORGANIZATION For over 50 years, the Brittingham Viking Organization (BVO) has provided Norwegian students with unique scholarships for studies at the highly regarded University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW).
In 1953 Thomas Brittingham Jr., a philanthropist and investor, initiated a scholarship program by bringing two students from each of the four Nordic countries to his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, for one academic year. Tom believed that international understanding could be achieved by building personal relationships between people. The recipients of the scholarship, the Vikings, formed an alumni network, the Brittingham Viking Organization (BVO).
BVO scholars of today can be found in top positions in business, education, politics and government in the Nordic countries as well as in the U.S.. Every year, the Vikings meet at an annual convention, the next one being the 64th convention in Madison 2017.
THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON The city of Madison is the capital of Wisconsin and has about 200 000 inhabitants. Madison is dominated by the university and its more than 40.000 students.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison, has an excellent reputation in a number of academic fields, including business, law, engineering, political science, medicine and sociology. The university was ranked amongst the top 20 in the 2012 Shanghai Ranking of World Universities.
University sports are an integral part of campus life and Madison is considered to be the best college sports town in the country. The UW-Athletics teams, the Badgers, are successful in multiple sports, including basketball, hockey and football with the autumn football games as the highlight of the season, with the whole city coming together to cher in the 83 000 capacity football stadium.