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Thank you for your interest in our scholarship program. Each year, FFN awards funds for academic scholarships for post-secondary education, and a unique scholarship opportunity for law students in the U.S. and Finland.

The next application deadline for scholarships is February 1, 2025.

Read about recent scholarship recipients in our spring newsletters.

For law scholarship info click: P.J.C. Lindfors Legal Scholarship

Finlandia Foundation National established its first scholarship program in the 1950’s, with awards to students attending music institutions including the Sibelius Academy and The Juilliard School.

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.

The number of donor-funded scholarships awarded is determined by the available funds in any given year. Individual scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000 per student.

Student Story: Lucy Abrams-Husso

Lucy Abrams-Husso first picked up a clarinet at the age of 10, and it has taken her on a musical path to multiple degrees in clarinet performance and anthropology.

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Application Process

The scholarship application must be submitted with required support documents by 11:59 P.M. PST on FEBRUARY 1, 2025.

  • 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 eligible term has been received by FFN.

Requirements and Criteria

Applicant must have U.S. or Finnish citizenship.

Applicant must be a high school graduate.

Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited college or university and is continuing their education in their sophomore year or beyond.

Applicant must be studying at a university or college in the U.S. or Finland.

Applicant must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

Special consideration may be given to applicants studying subjects related to Finnish culture.

Applicant may not be a relative of a member of the Finlandia Foundation National Board of Trustees.

Students are not eligible to receive two consecutive awards from FFN.

If you received a scholarship from FFN in 2024 for the 2024-25 school year, you may apply again in 2026 for the 2026-27 school year.

Required Documents

Latest college or university transcripts

Two letters of recommendation. NOTE: one letter must be from a college/university faculty member and must be on letterhead.

Any application not meeting all of the above requirements will be disqualified.

Student Story: Einojuhani Rautavaara

In 1956, when he was a student at the Sibelius Academy, renowned Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016) was the first student to receive a scholarship from Finlandia Foundation. He applied it to studies at The Juilliard School in New York City.

Originally, the scholarship was named for Jean Sibelius, Finlandia Foundation’s first Patron, and awards were given only to music students.

Affiliated Scholarship Programs

Boston Chapter

Finlandia Foundation Boston offers three scholarships each year for music, journalism and architecture majors.

New York Metropolitan Chapter

Finlandia Foundation New York offers scholarships to students with a connection to Finland or Finnish studies.

In addition, the FFN administers the P.J.C. Lindfors Legal Scholarship.