New scholarship supports Norway business initiative
A new scholarship will make it easier for a Norwegian college student to spend next semester at Minot State University. Marcus Stensholt, a Telemark University College student studying economics and innovation, was selected as the first recipient of this scholarship, which was formally announced at the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame Banquet on Oct. 2.
The $5,000 scholarship, provided by Fred and Joyce Evans, is part of a greater initiative to build business relationships with Telemark County, in addition to Minotís sister city, Skein. The opportunity draws on the like-heritage of Norway and west central North Dakota, which has a strong and well-celebrated Scandinavian heritage. This scholarship offers a unique cultural experience to Norwegian students as well as educational opportunity.
Fred and Joyce Evans are western North Dakota ranchers and farmers who are generous supporters of the areaís oil and gas industry.
In 2012, Telemark Mayor Terje Riis Johansen established a 2-year scholarship to promote and strengthen ties between Telemark County and Minot. The success of the scholarship has led to its extension through 2015. Tessa Cammel, an MSU junior, will attend TUC spring semester 2014.
TUC is a state university college with approximately 6,500 students on four campuses, located in southeastern Norway. TUC offers a number of programs open to MSU students, all of which are in English.