Finlandia Foundation National - Academic scholarships for post-secondary education

February 01, 2022

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Undergraduate Master

Location (s):

  • Finland
  • United States of America


Finlandia Foundation® National is the most important private source of support for Finnish culture in the United States. Finlandia Foundation National established its first scholarship program in the 1950s, with awards to students attending music institutions including the Sibelius Academy and 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.

The number of scholarships awarded is determined by the available funds in any given year.

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.


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.

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Description of Ideal Candidate:

Scholarship candidates must be 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 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.


Deadline: February 01, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

Individual scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000 per student; a total of $35,000 is awarded to students each year.

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