The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association is proud to offer scholarships to support youth that keep our Nordic heritage alive. At least one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded every year to a graduating high school senior. If funding allows, additional scholarships or larger amounts may be awarded. Winners are announced at their high school awards ceremony as well as at the festival Queen Coronation, on Friday of the Midsummer Festival.
The ASMFA Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior who meets the following requirements:
- Has been involved in the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival as a participant or attendee
- Is a high school graduating senior
- Has a minimum grade point of 3.00
- Will use the scholarship for post-secondary higher education at an accredited institution. Post-secondary education includes apprenticeships and job training.
- Will use the scholarship in the next academic year and be a full-time student
The completed application should include, but is not limited to:
- Student’s personal letter of introduction and statement of interest in the scholarship
- Completed scholarship application form
- High school transcript (please black out the social security number and any immunization information)
- Letter of reference from a community leader, respected friend or mentor
Mail completed applications before May 1, 2023 to:
PO Box 34, Astoria, OR 97103
The Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s ASHA scholarships. Three recipients will receive $1,000 each.
The 2023 ASHA winners are:
Olivia Esnard from Seaside High School was awarded a scholarship from the Scandinavian Benevolent Society. Oliva was Miss Finland and Miss Scandinavia in 2022. She will attend Oregon State University to study Marine Science.
Kaylee Falleur from Astoria High School received a scholarship donated by Tony Larson in memory of Chuck Higgins, Dave Hoofnagle, and Sven Sundstrom. Kaylee was Miss Sweden in 2022 and will attend Eastern Oregon University to study Agricultural Entrepreneurship.
Stian Matthews from Astoria High School received a scholarship from the Scandinavian Benevolent Society in memory of Skip Hauke and Sterling Ficken. Stian will attend a community college or trade school to pursue an education in mechanics or forestry.
Thanks to the donors and congratulations to the scholars!