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SWEA Boston’s scholarships are handed out every year to female students from New England universities for studies or special projects in Sweden. All of this is possible due to the large fundraiser, Swedish Yuletide, which is being held in December every year in the South End.

Last year, we were again fortunate to have four very talented recipients of the SWEA Boston Scholarship, which means that SWEA’s message to spread knowledge about Sweden and Swedish culture can be carried by four highly motivated women.

Karen Kimble

Karen Kimble is attending University of Massachusetts at Amherst and majoring in Philosophy and Legal Studies (double major). She intends to study a variety of courses relating to law and the development of policy at Uppsala University during the spring semester of 2021. Her goal is to expand her legal education in general as well as her general cultural education, developing an understanding of policy and law on a global scale. Eventually, Karen wants to pursue an MA in Public Policy and law school. While in Sweden, Karen also plans to connect with her family’s cultural heritage; her great-grandmother, whom she is named after, emigrated from Sweden.

Natalie Rodman

An Economics and Environmental Studies major at Mount Holyoke College, Natalie plans to attend the Swedish Program at the Stockholm School of Economics next spring. She is particularly interested in sustainability and Sweden’s progressive policies in this area and environmental health. In addition, she is eager to explore the policies driving social assistance, combatting income inequality and immigrant acclimation. While in Sweden, she is hoping to become a better global citizen and learn more about how to contribute to change. Natalie is also an accomplished athlete in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track and field. She hopes to continue some of these activities in Sweden as well.

Mira Vance

Mira Vance is pursuing a major in Global Gender and Sexualities Studies at Middlebury College. She will be studying at DIS in Stockholm, where she hopes to form a greater understanding of Swedish gender politics and draw comparisons with previous studies in that field which she undertook during a stay in China. She is particularly interested in a class offered on prostitution and the sex trade, courses she can take towards a minor in Global Health or Psychology. At some point, she plans to return to China to compare government structures in the context of gender and sexuality. While in Sweden, Mira also plans to reconnect with her Swedish ancestry; possibly someone in her family was a member of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra before immigrating to the United States and assisting in the founding of a small town in Minnesota.

Mandy Chang

Currently a student at Brown University, Mandy Chang plans to study in the Swedish Program at the Stockholm School of Economics. Her concentration at Brown is in Economics with the ultimate goal of becoming a philanthropist helping communities in need. While in Stockholm, Mandy hopes to develop a more refined cultural awareness and understanding of how life is lived in a different part of the world, and, of course, take courses in economics, international policy, art and entrepreneurship. Mandy’s family is originally from Laos and Thailand, where she has been, but she has not traveled to Europe before, so she is looking forward to immersing herself in a different culture and also learning Swedish. Mandy is also an accomplished singer and hopes to meet other singers while in Sweden.

It is gratifying and stimulating to have four so very different candidates and we have never had a scholarship recipient from Middlebury College before. We are certain that they will utilize their scholarship in the best possible ways and that they will act in SWEA’s interest. As representatives of a Swedish cultural organization we are very proud that SWEA can support their studies in Sweden.


Earlier scholarship recipients

Year Name University in USA Field of studies in Sweden
1988 Vicky Leung Harvard University Language Studies
1989 Sarah Patrick Northeastern Univ Biomedical Engineering
1990 Laura Nelson Harvard University Goverment Policy
1991 Meg Sibley Smith College Music
1992 Beth Stevens Northeastern Univ Medicine
1993 Allen LeVines Berklee College,Music Music
1994 Hayley Goodson Brown University Swedish Program
1995 Maria Ivanova Mt. Holyoke College Environmental Studies
1996 Isabel Gill Harvard University Swedish Literature
1997 Jessica Meir Brown University Swedish Program
1998 Miwa Kozuki Mt. Holyoke College Ethnic Studies/Immigration
1999 Lisa Gambone Brown University Swedish Program
2000 Elizabeth Chiappa Harvard University Swedish Culture and Society
2000 Anna Testa Smith College Sociology
2001 Kate Gubata Brown University Swedish Program
2002 Katie Heikkinen Harvard University Public Health Policy
2003 Lilly Husbands Brown University Women’s Studies and Film
2003 Elizabeth Peterson Brown University International Studies
2004 Marienne Murch Harvard University Swedish Program
2005 Angela Sherwin Brown University Swedish Program
2006 Caitlin Flanagan Brown University Nursing
2007 Michelle Prairie Univ. of Connecticut Poli Sci & Economics
2007 Christa Bosch Raoul Wallenberg Inst Human Rights Law
2008 Anna Maria Martignetti Lunds Universitet Int’l Human Rights Law
2009 Amy Hernandez Colby College Swedish Program
2010 Sarah Garlington Boston University Doctoral Program in Social Politics
2010 Hanna Freedman Tufts University Swedish Program
2010 Ellen Wright U. Mass. in Amherst International Summer Program
2011 Sabrina Harris Boston University Master’s Comparative Education
2011 Ruairi Dewey-Smith Brandeis University Swedish Program
2012 Lydia Ievens Eric Sahlström Institute Studying the nyckelharpa
2012 Gretchen Gerlach Brown University Swedish Program
2012 Anneliese Lilienthal Karolinska Institute Master Program in Global Health
2013 Emma Chow Bowdoin College Swedish Program
2013 Anna Reed Brown University Swedish Program
2013 Hilary Pech UMASS Amherst Uppsala Universitet
2014 Sydney Smoot Northeastern University Swedish Program
2014 Naomi Mastico UMASS Amherst Uppsala Universitet
2015 Emma Gronbeck UMASS Amherst Uppsala Universitet
2015 Lainie Rowland Brown University Swedish Program
2015 Emy Takinami University of Vermont Swedish Program
2016 Mikaela Karlsson Brown University Uppsala Universitet
2016 Kaitlin Hollinger U Mass Amherst Uppsala Universitet
2016 Anna-Linnea Towle University of Vermont Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan
2016 Maria Hanson Williams College Swedish Program
2017 Daven McQueen Brown University Handelshögskolan i Stockholm
2017 Marina Stam Bowdoin College Handelshögskolan i Stockholm
2017 Sarah Wiggins Tufts University Handelshögskolan i Stockholm
2017 Colette Heefner Suffolk University Lund University
2017 Elizabeth Doe Stone University of Virginia Anders Zorn/John Sargent Singer dialogue
2018 Tara Strelevitz Colby College Danish Institute for Study Abroad
2018 Tyrah Green Brown University Handelshögskolan i Stockholm
2018 Sasa Jovanovic Bowdoin College Handelshögskolan i Stockholm
2019 Ileeana Johnson Northeastern University Universal Music Group
2020 Karen Kimble U Mass Amherst Uppsala Universitet
2020 Natalie Rodman Mount Holyoke College Handelshögskolan i Stockholm
2020 Mira Vance Middlebury College DIS Stockholm
2020 Mandy Chang Brown University Handelshögskolan i Stockholm