Tuesday, March 2, 2010 myBiz Blog
Brittingham Viking Organization Offers Study Abroad Scholarships by Kelly Cuene

The Brittingham Viking Organization (BVO), a group that sponsors study-abroad programs in Scandinavia, is accepting scholarship applications for Spring 2011. The scholarship program provides a spring study-abroad opportunity to UW undergraduate and graduate students in Helsinki, Finland.

The chosen scholars will take classes at world-renowned universities. The scholarship covers tuition at the Helsinki University of Technology, Hanken Swedish School of Economics, or the University of Helsinki, housing and a travel stipend for the transatlantic flight. Students will also have the opportunity to travel to other destinations in Scandinavia with other members of the BVO.

For more information visit http://www.uwalumni.com/bvo.

This scholarship, like all Viking scholarships, includes travel within Scandinavia, with a standing invitation to visit BVO members and their families throughout the region. Travel is pre-arranged and a requirement of the scholarship experience. Scholars are encouraged to pursue the advantages of the BVO network including learning more about individual interests in careers and hobbies through meeting other BVO members. In addition, scholars can attend the annual BVO convention following the summer scholarship experience.

Important notes: . Commitment requires scholar availability from January through June . All UW majors and standings are welcome to apply (undergraduate & graduate students) . Scholars must be US citizens . Scholars must be returning to Madison the following fall semester for study or employment. . The scholarship will cover tuition and housing in Helsinki; roundtrip airfare; and travel fare to visit BVO alumni . Scholars should assume responsibility for additional study abroad expenses (entertainment, metro, personal expenses, etc.). Please note that the cost of living in Scandinavia is significantly higher than in the US.

To qualify for the scholarships, students must be available for travel during the selected programs, be in good academic standing and return to Madison the following year for school or to work. Those who are interested can visit uwalumni.com/brittingham-viking to download an application form and application instructions.

Questions can be directed to VikingScholarships@gmail.com, Scholarship Coordinator.

Scholarship Selection Timeline

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2010-applications due (print and electronic versions)
  • All applicants are notified via email of his/her interview status
  • Saturday, April 10-first interview for selected applicants
  • Saturday, April 17-second interview for selected applicants
  • April 17th (evening)-formal selection dinner for scholarship winners
The Brittingham Viking Organization has been making academic, social and professional connections between UW-Madison and Scandinavia for more than 50 years. The organization was founded in 1953 by Thomas E. Brittingham Jr. to bring Nordic students to UW-Madison. Soon after, a program was instituted that provided scholarships for UW-Madison students to study in Scandinavia, and since then, hundreds have benefited from the program. Once students participate in a BVO program, they become members of the organization, which raises funds to sustain the scholarships for future generations.