The Finlandia University – USA is providing $7,500 scholarship opportunities to students who want to undertake any level of study of their choice in the USA through the Board of Trustees International Scholarships.
Why choose to study at Finlandia University? The work-study program of this university provides part-time jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay for education expenses. Whenever possible, the program encourages community service and work connected to the student’s area of study.
Suomi College was founded on September 8, 1896, by J. K. Nikander (b. 1855, Hämeenlinna, Finland, d. 1919). During the 1880s, large numbers of Finns immigrated to Hancock, Michigan to labor in the copper and lumber industries. As a mission pastor of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America headquartered in Hancock, Nikander observed that Swedish and Finnish immigrants along the Delaware River did not train new ministers, and he feared a loss of Finnish identity. The college’s role was to preserve Finnish culture, train Lutheran ministers and teach English. During the 1920s, Suomi College became a liberal arts college and in 1958, the seminary separated from the college. On July 1, 2000, Suomi College changed its name to Finlandia University.
The cornerstone of Old Main, the first building erected at Suomi College, was laid on May 30, 1898. Jacobsville sandstone, quarried at the Portage Entry of the Keweenaw waterway, was brought by barge, cut, and used to construct the Old Main. Dedicated on January 21, 1900, it contained a dormitory, kitchen, laundry, classrooms, offices, library, chapel, and lounge. The burgeoning college quickly outgrew this building. In 1901 a frame structure, housing a gym, meeting hall, and music center, was erected on an adjacent lot. The frame building was demolished when Nikander Hall, named for Suomi’s founder, was constructed in 1939. The hall was designed by the architectural firm of Eliel Saarinen and J. Robert F. Swanson. In addition to Old Main, the present day main campus consists of Nikander Hall, Mannerheim Hall, Wargelin Hall, Finlandia Hall, the Paavo Nurmi Center for Physical Education, the Kivi House, Hoover Center, the Finnish American Heritage Center, the Chapel of St. Matthew, and the Jutila Center.
Finlandia University has been a university of the Lutheran church since its inception. In 1988, the university became affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The curriculum, campus events, and the community explore the value of faith, vocation, and service. Finlandia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association for Colleges and Schools (NCA-HLC). In 1996, the university transitioned from a two-year college to a four-year university. Since the 2020–21 academic year, Finlandia’s admissions policy contains no requirements for academic credentials other than secondary school transcripts, such as SAT or ACT scores.
On October 6, 2021, the university’s Board of Trustees formally accepted a letter from its 16th and current president, Rev. Dr. Philip R. Johnson, informing them of his intention to retire at the end of the 2021–22 academic term.
Eligibility criteria for the Board of Trustees International Scholarships
- Applicants must have a high school cumulative GPA of 3.5.
- Applicants are required to have a standardized test score of a minimum of 880 SAT or 16 ACT and at least a 3.5. cumulative grade point average.
- Applicants must submit scores of the following English language proficiency tests:
- Duolingo – 58
- IELTS – 6.0
- TOEFL IBT – 79
- TOEFL PBT – 550
- TOEFL CBT – 213
- PTE – 53
Eligible Countries: International
Type: Undergraduate or Graduate degree
Value of Award: $7,500
Number of Awards: Not Mentioned
Method of Application: To apply for this award, applicants can submit their applications to Finlandia here. After that, they can access for this funding program.
Application Deadline: 15th June 2022.