2009 - 2013 scholarship committee: Jacqueline Harjula, Erja Kajosalo, Maurice Eash, Edith Eash (chair), Saana Mc Daniel, and Sirkku Konttinen.
The Finlandia Foundation National Student Scholarships Program was established in the late 1950s with awards to students attending prestigious music institutions including The Juilliard School and the Sibelius Academy of Music. Other awards include the P.J.C. Lindfors Legal Scholarship.
Today’s scholarships are available for full-time undergraduate and graduate students of all academic disciplines currently enrolled in accredited post-secondary schools in the United States and Finland. Candidates must show evidence of continuing to the sophomore level or higher prior to receiving the award and must have maintained a 3.0 GPA. Some of the criteria the FFN Scholarship Committee uses in evaluating applications are: financial need, course of study, and U.S./Finnish citizenship. Students studying subjects related to Finnish culture receive special consideration. Relatives of members of the board of directors are not eligible to apply.
Scholarship applications are evaluated in the spring and are awarded for the following fall/spring term. Letters notifying the applicants of the board's decision will be mailed in mid-April. Students will not be funded for two consecutive years but may reapply after an unfunded year.
The application may be completed and submitted online. The required documents including all college/university transcripts and two letters of recommendation on letterhead with one by a college/university professor must be postmarked by the February 1 deadline. The number of scholarships granted is determined by the funds available in any given year.
Please note that it is not necessary to use over-night delivery service. It is highly recommended that delivery confirmation service (tracking) and signature confirmation be applied to transcripts and letters of recommendation mailed to ensure delivery. Also, email the office to confirm that materials were mailed by the deadline.