MTK Trygve Lonnebotn Scholarship

Pending annual review and funding from Madison Torske Klubben (MTK), the MTK Trygve Lonnebotn Scholarship is designed to foster Norwegian-American relations by providing generous financial support to degree-seeking UW-Madison undergraduate students. Students who are participating on any approved UW Study Abroad or credit-bearing internship program to Norway for Fall 2024 may apply for this generous award of $10,000 per semester. Preference will be for students participating on the BI Business School Exchange or NTNU Engineering exchange but all students who are studying abroad in Norway are encouraged to apply. Upon return from Norway, UW students are expected to be a buddy to an incoming Norwegian exchange student, so preference is also given to students with at least one semester back in Madison following study abroad. Financial need is also a selection criteria.

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be degree-seeking UW-Madison undergraduate students who will return to campus for at least one semester following their program in Norway. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are participating on an approved UW Study Abroad or credit-bearing internship program to Norway for Fall 2024. Applicant must be in the process of applying, or have already applied, to a program for the specified semester(s). Graduate students doing research in Norway are eligible by enrolling in IAP’s UW Graduate Research Program or UW Worldwide Graduate Fellowships Research Program .

How to Apply
Application is open! The deadline is March 4, 2024. If your study abroad program application isn’t required to be complete until after this date, you must still submit your scholarship application by this date to be considered. However, you must already be in the process of applying to your program by March 4, 2024 in order to be eligible for this scholarship. Incomplete scholarship applications or applications submitted to the office will not be considered. To apply, please log into Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) through your student center or by logging in directly using the ‘My Applications’ button at the top of this page.

Selection Criteria
A Transcript (UW Student Record), information on the program the student is attending in Norway, and a Résumé are required. UW Study Abroad takes into consideration other awards a student may have been offered.

Donor Information
This scholarship is made possible through the generous donation of Madison Torske Klubben Foundation, the charitable arm of Madison Torske Klubben. The scholarship honors longtime MTK member Trygve Lonnebotn (1937- 2014), who was born raised in Bergen, Norway. He attended the Technical University in Trondheim, Norway (now NTNU), graduating in 1963 with a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. After his studies he moved to Wisconsin where he had a lifelong career at Ray-O-Vac corporation (now Spectrum Brands). In 2005, he was awarded the Order of Merit, Knight First Class, by the king of Norway.

Award Information
$10,000 for a semester-long program.

Conditions of Award
Completion of the study abroad program is a requirement of the scholarship. In addition, recipients are required to submit a thank-you letter for the donor, a one paragraph biography and digital photo of yourself to be posted on the program website and shared with donors upon acceptance. Additionally, recipients must send a mid-program update and complete a written evaluation of your experience to be submitted to the MTK Foundation no later than one month after the end of your program. Recipients are also expected to participate in MTK alumni activities upon return to Madison as a way to build community for the Norwegian students in Madison.

International Academic Programs
Supplemental Questions
  1. Select the duration of your IAP study abroad program
  2. What country are you planning to study abroad in?
  3. Which Study Abroad Program in Norway are you planning to participate in?
  4. Have you ever traveled outside of the United States before for any type of experience?
  5. Will you be back on the UW Madison campus for at least one semester following the conclusion of your study abroad program?
  6. Have you taken language courses at UW-Madison? If so, please list the languages below.
  7. What are your academic goals, and how will your intended program help you meet them?
  8. Outline at least one non-academic SMART Goal you have for your time abroad
  9. The goals of Madison Torske Klubben (the funder of this scholarship) focus on fostering Norwegian-American Relations. How have you demonstrated the ability to build community, especially with people who are from a different background than you are, and how do you plan to do so in Norway?
  10. The MTK Program also supports excursions and cross-cultural activities for Norwegian students studying in Madison. Awardees for study abroad in Norway are expected to welcome / be a buddy to the Norwegian students when they return to Madison. While most of the program activities are arranged by staff, program “alumni” are asked to design and host an experience for visiting Norwegian students that exposes them to UW/Madison/Wisconsin/Midwest culture.
    • What about UW/Madison/Wisconsin is special in your eyes? How will you be a good “ambassador”? Describe the activity you propose, to take place the semester you return to campus. Your proposal should reflect your interests as well as provide a cultural experience for Norwegian students. Proposals are not limited to campus or Madison-based activities, so feel free to be creative. If there are costs related to your proposal, please note them.
  11. Please elaborate on your previous experience in Norway or exposure to Norwegian culture:
  12. Please upload your UW Student Record (which is your unoffical transcript). You can get this required document by going to your Student Center, My Academics, Request Student Record. The Student record will then be emailed to you and you can save and upload to your application.
  13. Please upload your resume which should include your work experiences, volunteer activities and campus involvements.
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