Loftur Bjarnason, emeritus professor of literature at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, was a long-time friend of BYU. A descendent of Icelandic immigrants to Spanish Fork, he studied in Iceland under Sigurour Nordal, the most renowned Icelandic scholar of the past century. Professor Bjarnason was secretary-treasurer of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study and published a two-volume anthology and a number of articles of the sagas and on modern Icelandic literature. He regularly taught a course on Icelandic literature for the University of California at Berkeley, and he was twice a visiting professor at BYU. In addition to enriching BYU’s Scandinavian collection and soliciting further donations to the Harold B. Lee Library from Iceland, Professor Bjarnason established an endowment to produce funds for student scholarships and a lecture series in Scandinavian Studies.
Partial Tuition Scholarships:
Two Loftur Bjarnason Scholarships are awarded each year, one for fall semester and one for winter semester, to an undergraduate or graduate student who has made Scandinavian language or culture a significant part of their studies. Each scholarship is $500. To qualify, applicants must:
-demonstrate academic interest in Scandinavian language or culture;
-declare a minor in Scandinavian Studies or be enrolled in a major with a Scandinavian Studies as an area of emphasis.
The deadline for the fall application is August 15 and for the winter application December 15.
To assist Scandinavian language learners in developing greater proficiency, the Scandinavian Studies program awards three Bjarnason travel grants each year to intermediate-level students for participation in an intensive summer language program in Scandinavia. Students who have studied at least one-year of Scandinavian languages at the intermediate (201-202) level at BYU are eligible. The award of $1500 can be used to cover airfare, language program costs, food, or lodging. In many cases, additional scholarships are available from the language programs themselves to further reduce the cost of participation. To qualify, applicants must:
-be enrolled in the Scandinavian Studies program and have completed at least one year of intermediate Scandinavian language classes at BYU (201-202)
-have received at least a B+ in each of the intermediate classes
-be enrolled in an appropriate advanced language class in the following fall or winter semester Danish/Norwegian/Finnish/Swedish 321, 340, or Icelandic 429);
-participate in an approved intensive language course in Scandinavia for at least three weeks.
The application deadline for Bjarnason Travel Grant is April 15.