FINLANDIA FOUNDATION NATIONAL ESTABLISHED ITS FIRST SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM IN THE 1950’S, WITH AWARDS TO STUDENTS ATTENDING MUSIC INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING THE SIBELIUS ACADEMY AND THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL.

The scholarship tradition continues. Full-time undergraduate and graduate students of all academic disciplines who are currently enrolled in accredited post-secondary schools in the United States and Finland are eligible for FFN scholarships.

In addition, the FFN administers the P.J.C. Lindfors Legal Scholarship

Application Process 

The scholarship application must be submitted with required support documents and e-mailed, to be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on FEBRUARY 1.

Applications are evaluated in the spring and awarded for the following fall or spring term.
Letters notifying applicants of their status are mailed in mid-April.
Monies will be forwarded after proof of enrollment for the following fall or spring term has been received by FFN.

CRITERIA

Scholarship candidates must be high school graduates enrolled in an accredited college or university as freshmen or have completed freshman year, and show evidence of continuing to the sophomore level or higher prior to receiving the award.

Applicants must have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA. The FFN Scholarship Committee considers the following:

  • U.S. or Finnish citizenship is required
  • applicants of Finnish-American heritage are given primary consideration
  • course of study
  • students studying subjects related to Finnish culture receive special consideration

Relatives of members of the FFN board of directors are not eligible for scholarship funds. The number of scholarships awarded is determined by the available funds in any given year. Individual scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000 per student.

You may read about recent scholarship recipients in the FFN Spring Newsletters; click here for those PDFs.

Click here to download the application, a fillable word document.

Required documents include
– all college/university transcripts
– two letters of recommendation on letterhead; one letter must be from a college/university professor.

These documents must be e-mailed and received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on February 1.

  • Please e-mail or phone the office to confirm that the materials were received by the deadline (office @ finlandiafoundation.org or 626.795.2081).

Good luck! Students can additionally search Cappex Scholarships for other scholarships.

THE FIRST SCHOLARSHIP FUN FACT: 

Renowned Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara (October 9, 1928-July 27, 2016) was the first student to receive a scholarship from Finlandia Foundation. When the scholarship program began in the 1950s it was named for Jean Sibelius, Finlandia Foundation’s first Patron, and awards were given to music students at Sibelius Academy and The Juilliard School.

Scholarships @ FFN Chapters

Click below to check out these opportunities offered by organizations affiliated with FFN:

FINLANDIA FOUNDATION BOSTON CHAPTER

FF Boston offers three scholarships each year. For details click above and/or the scholarship name:

AINO SWAN CUTLER NEW ENGLAND MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP

For a student of Finnish American heritage studying music. excluding hard rock and electronic music

SAVELE SYRJALA SCHOLARSHIP

For a student of Finnish American heritage studying journalism and/or communications

LAURI ARMAS LINDELL ARCHITECTURAL SCHOLARSHIP

For a student of Finnish American heritage studying architecture in United States or Finland

FINLANDIA FOUNDATION NEW YORK METROPOLITAN CHAPTER

Application deadline is February 15. Click above, and/or here for flyer.