The WAA Scholarship
- the opportunity of a lifetime
Study at one of the top U.S. universities and experience the true American college life. Visit the members of a unique alumni network through extensive travels in the USA. Get an unrivaled opportunity to dive into American society and culture.
The Brittingham Viking Organization and Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) are now offering a new scholarship opportunity for one Norwegian student to study at the University of Madison-Wisconsin summer 2016.
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 11,000 for summer 2016. You can choose freely what subjects you want to study at the university.
WHO CAN APPLY
- Norwegian citizens between 22 and 27 years of age.
- You are currently enrolled at a Norwegian university or college. It is strongly 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 summer of 2016.
- 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. You are also expected to participate at events organized by the BVO. Upon return to Norway, you will become part of an alumni network of former scholars, where you are expected to participate in the planning of 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, 2016.
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 application should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than february 21st 2016.
For further information please contact: Marius Thorkildsen, phone: +47 91755479, e-mail: email@example.com
Information about the university can be found at www.wisc.edu.
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 63rd convention in Oslo 2016.
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.
I 2008 gikk et av BVOs stipender til Helle C. Andersen, les hennes reisebrev her.
I 2010 gikk et av BVOs stipender til Marius Thorkildsen, les hans reisebrev her.
I 2011 gikk et av BVOs stipender til Mats Julius Stensrud, les hans reisebrev her.
I 2012 gikk et av BVOs stipender til Zaineb Al-Samarai, les hennes reisebrev her.