The non-profit organization SWEA, Swedish Women’s Educational Association, has a presence around the world. Members are Swedish and Swedish speaking women.
SWEA’s fundamental purpose is to support and preserve the Swedish language as well as to promote knowledge about Swedish history, culture, education and traditions. SWEA DC therefore financially supports solely activities that agree with these purposes.
Financial support has earlier been given to concerts, theater performances, art exhibits, conferences and studies with a connection to Sweden. Year 2014 awards were made to the Swedish Song Group, the Swedish School for Children, the Swedish Adult School and the Swedish Lutheran Church of Washington DC. An individual scholarship was given to Julie Ross of George Mason University.
Scholarships applicants are encouraged to consider a variety of topics and fields of study, as long as they relate to Sweden, for example, study of the Swedish language, fine arts or the performing arts, finance, health care, journalism, law or urban planning to name a few. Knowledge of Swedish is not a requirement.
However, SWEA DC’s Donation and Scholarship Committee stipulates that scholarship or donation recipients be connected to the regional Washington DC area.
How do you apply for a donation?
An application for financial support to an organization should include:
– brief background about the organization and its purpose;
– detailed description (no more than 2 pp.) of how the money will be used;
– the most recent annual report for the organization including a financial report, and its current budget
How do you apply for a scholarship?
An application for a scholarship should include:
– brief description of the applicant;
– detailed description (no more than 2 pp.) of the proposed study or project and how the money will be used;
– copies of relevant transcripts, and two references (please provide email and telephone numbers);
How large an amount can one apply for?
Up to $1,000 toward a donation or up to $5,000 for a scholarship, with some flexibility depending on the purpose. The project for which the funding is awarded should be completed within 18 months of receipt of the funds. A report, with an account of how the money was spent, should be turned in at the latest within two months after the end of the project, by each scholarship recipient or organization that received a donation.
Who can apply?
Donation – Non-profit organizations in the greater metropolitan DC area; Scholarship – Students or individual researchers affiliated with a DC, Maryland or Virginia university. Please note whether it concerns a donation for a specific purpose or a scholarship for studies.
What is the application deadline?
Usually by February each year. Questions can be addressed to the Donation and Scholarship Committee via email at sweadcstipendier(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com
Where should the application be sent?
All application materials should be sent via email to SWEA Washington DC Donation and Scholarship Committee. Email address: sweadcstipendier(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com
When will awards be announced?
Awards will be announced in march.
Other organizations offering awards relating to Sweden:
An application to SWEA DC does not preclude sending applications for funding to other organizations.
The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) www.amscan.org
American Scandinavian Association – DC Chapter www.scandinavian-dc.org
SWEA Washington DC is the local arm of SWEA International, a non-profit organization, whose purpose is to support and preserve the Swedish language, culture, education and tradition. SWEA Washington DC therefore financially supports only scholarships that agree with these purposes. We do not collect information from scholarship applicants for other purposes than determining scholarship awards. Students will not automatically be sent unrelated emails or solicitations and have an option to remove their email address from any distribution list.
Our mailing address is: House of Sweden, 2900 K Street NW, #503, Washington, DC 20007