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Lilly Lorénzen Scholarship

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Program Scholarships

ASI is excited to welcome students from historically underrepresented groups and cultural communities to participate in classes at a reduced tuition fee.

A limited number of spaces are available in each class on a first come, first serve basis. Students are invited to use these scholarships up to two times per calendar year.

For more information, please email Erin Swenson-Klatt, ASI Food & Handcraft Coordinator.

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Cultivating Nordic Craft: Teaching Tools Grant

ASI offers an annual grant to support the preservation and cultivation of Nordic crafts through investing in the next generation of craft practitioners and instructors. ASI believes that investing in individual instructors is an important way to preserve Nordic handcraft traditions and create innovation in the handcraft community, because it allows instructors to gain experience and share knowledge while teaching widely across many institutions.

This grant provides a one-time award of up to $1,000 to an emerging craft instructor for a purchase of tools and equipment that will expand their teaching capacity.

For more information, please email Erin Swenson-Klatt, ASI Food & Handcraft Coordinator.

Apply for a Teaching Tools Grant

To be eligible to apply for this grant, you must be at least 18 years old and be a resident of the U.S. Applicants should be emerging/early career instructors who can demonstrate they have teaching experience, proposed coursework that will benefit from an investment in teaching tools, and a long term commitment to teaching. Both professional (full time) and non-professional (part time) instructors are encouraged to apply.

The strongest applicants will have several years of teaching experience, will address the viability of creating a long term and potentially varied teaching curriculum with such teaching tools, will enable the instructor to teach a full size class (usually 6-15 students), and will demonstrate teaching relationships with several institutions.

Applicants are encouraged to creatively consider how to supplement their current available tools or tools provided by other institutions (e.g. instructors may already have access to tools for three students, but need enough tools for ten students to offer regular coursework).

Applicants who do not currently have a teaching relationship with ASI are encouraged to contact the Food and Handcraft Programs Coordinator to discuss potential course offerings. It is assumed and encouraged that awardees will use their awarded teaching tools for teaching opportunities beyond ASI.

Applications are accepted once each calendar year.

In 2021:
Applications open on April 15, 2021
Applications due by May 31, 2021

Notifications will be sent in early June. Two or more grants will be awarded.

Applicants are welcome to contact the Food and Handcraft Programs Coordinator, Erin Swenson-Klatt, with questions throughout the course of the application period.

ASI defines Nordic Handcraft as contemporary or traditional crafts related to or inspired by the geography and cultures of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, inclusive of the peoples who have moved to and from those places from pre-history to present day. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Explore ASI’s current Nordic Handcraft courses.


Lilly Lorénzen Scholarship

Applications for this scholarship are currently paused.

Awarded to one individual each year, this competitive scholarship provides funds for study abroad in Sweden.

The scholarship was established in 1980 by friends, students, and relatives of Lilly Lorénzen, the late Swedish-language instructor who taught at both the University of Minnesota and the American Swedish Institute and author of the book Of Swedish Ways. She was also a respected builder of Swedish heritage in America.

For more information, please email Britta Walstrom, ASI Programs Manager.

Applicants must be Minnesota residents, demonstrate achievement in their field of study, have a working knowledge of the Swedish language, present a credible plan for scholarly or creative study in Sweden during the relevant school year, and contribute to American-Swedish exchange.

This scholarship is paused in 2021 due to travel restrictions related to COVID-19.

Applications are typically posted in January of each year.

Applications are typically awarded each June.