Kalle Mattila, 2015-16 Thanks To Scandinavia Scholar at Columbia University

Kalle Mattila is a writer from Finland pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University. Could you tell us how your TTS scholarship came about? I applied for the scholarship through the League of Finnish-American societies, who nominated me as one of three finalists. I was then chosen as the Finnish scholar by TTS. It was a huge blessing. I would not have been able to afford Columbia without…

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Eva Faye, Artist, Thanks To Scandinavia Scholar 1983-84

You have a Nordic soul. You are an artist. You are interested in dualities. That’s a lot of information already. Who are you? I am a Norwegian born artist. I grew up in Bærum, on the outskirts of Oslo, surrounded by nature. My goal is to reflect the inner nature of things in my art, as I like to phrase it. I see my work as part memory, part dream,…

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Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein, 2015-16 Thanks To Scandinavia Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania

  Originally from Sweden, Benjamin is the recipient of the 2015-16 Thanks To Scandinavia Scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania. Benjamin is working towards his Ph.D. in History with a focus on East Asia and North Korea. Could you tell me how the TTS scholarship came about? It’s actually thanks to people in my university administration who have kept their eyes open for these opportunities. I became aware of the…

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Iliana Lazarova, Thanks To Scandinavia Scholar at Yale University

“Bulgaria’s air is dirtiest in Europe, study finds,” is not the headline any country would like to have on their record. But it sure allows for a great conversation with a Bulgarian native who studies environmental management and is passionate about solutions to environmental degradation. Iliana Lazarova, a 2014-15 TTS Scholar studying towards her Masters in Sustainable Development at Yale University, has the charm of ambition and is clear-eyed and…

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