Scholarship offerings

Monitor Lodge #218 Scholarships

Scholarship Application Form

Monitor Lodge #218 of the Vasa Order of America awards one scholarship annually to a deserving student who is pursuing his/her education at the post-secondary level. Applicants must be lodge members, children of lodge members, or grandchildren of lodge members.

If you would like to be considered for this year’s scholarship, you must submit the following items to the scholarship committee no later than April 1, 2019.

•   Completed “Application for Scholarship” form

•   Official transcript with GPA signed by your school’s registrar

•   Personal statement on a separate sheet of paper

Please contact Monitor Lodge for the forms you will need to complete the scholarship application process or download the 2019 Monitor Scholarship Packet. If you have any questions, please contact a member of the scholarship committee.

The committee must receive your application packet no later than April 1, 2019. You can mail your packet to any member of the committee. You could also submit your application to one of the committee members at the lodge meeting in February or March 2019..

In Truth and Unity,

Susan Edelmayer

2018 Monitor Lodge Scholarship Committee Chairman

Last update:  08/07/2018


Golden Gate District Lodge 12 Scholarships

Scholarship Application Form

District Lodge Golden Gate #12 provides educational support to its members through the District Scholarship program.  Scholarship awards are available to Vasa members who meet the following requirements:

  1. Applicants must be members of District Golden Gate 12 Vasa Order of America for at least two years prior to the application deadline based upon their initiation date.

  2. Applicants must be accepted by or enrolled in a full-time program at an institution of higher learning. This includes both university-level and post-secondary vocational programs. Funds are transmitted directly to the institution’s scholarship office for disbursement.                                  

The District Scholarship may be awarded a maximum of two times to the same recipient.

The following materials must be submitted to support your application; all material must be postmarked by April 1, the year of the application.

  1. The completed application form

  2. A letter from your local lodge secretary confirming your initiation date and describing the activities you have participated in at your lodge.

  3. A one-page essay describing of your Vasa activities, community service, leadership skills, or other talents.  Include awards received and other important life experiences.

  4. An official, most recent grade transcript (or transcripts) must be mailed directly to to the District Scholarship Chairman from your school’s records or administrative office.

If you have received a District Scholarship in the past, a brief report on your college experiences would be appreciated.

Scholarship awards will be announced at the District Convention in April.  Award checks will be mailed to the institution where the student is enrolled or has been accepted for enrollment.  Award Certificates will be presented at Sweden Day, and Scholarship awardees are encouraged to attend this traditional District celebration.

The application deadline is April 1.  Early applications are encouraged!   

For application forms and submittal information contact:

District Scholarship Chairman here or email to

The application can be downloaded here.


VASA Grand Lodge Scholarships

Scholarship and Essay Contest

The Grand Lodge Vasa Order of America provides scholarships to members pursuing a post high school education.  The Grand Lodge scholarships may be for either college or vocational programs.  The Grand Lodge Scholarship Program is announced in the Fall issue of the Vasa Star appearing in the Nordstjernan and on the Grand Lodge website  The 2019 deadline for submittal is mid-February.

Vasa Scholarships to Swedish Language Camp

For children and grandchildren of Vasa members the Grand lodge offers scholarships to the Swedish Language Village, Sjölunden, under the auspices of Concordia College Language Villages, Moorhead Minnesota.  Sjölunden uses a total immersion approach to the Swedish language and culture.  These awards cover full two-week tuition cost and travel expenses to a limit set by the Grand Lodge Executive Board. For more information see the Grand Lodge website

  • Please join us for


    Friday, June 7, 2019

    Monitor Lodge 218 at IooF Hall
    1831 Howe Ave, Sacramento, CA 95825

    5:30 pm  -  Social hour

    6:30 pm  - Midsommar Smörgåsbord

    $5 per person (members, family and guests - children 12 and under free) and bring a dish (see listing on reverse)

    7:00 pm  -  Short business meeting

    7:30 pm  -  Midsommar festivities

    Legos will be available for the kids and the young at heart

     Wear your costume if you have one.

    We will be using our telephone tree to get a head count but please call or text Meribeth Bean at cell (916) 995-4965 or

    Chuck Johnson at cell (916) 501-9256 if you don’t get a call and you plan to attend.  Email also OK (

    tack så mycket!

    Monitor’s June gathering promises to be a Swedish delight! We’re going to celebrate Midsommar with good food, music, and dance. If you have a Swedish costume, this would be the perfect time to show it off for all to see. No authentic costume? Then put on your favorite Swedish (or Scandinavian) T-shirt to get in the mood for midsommar! Have some flowers in the garden? How about making a flower wreath for your hair?  Let’s enjoy this very special Swedish holiday with all our friends and kick off “Sommar 2019!

    We will have the Midsommar majstång (maypole) set up right in the middle of the hall. Traditionally it is decorated with fresh green foliage—birch twigs are especially popular in Sweden—and with lots of flowers. If you can, try to come early—let’s say 5:00—with some greenery and flowers to help decorate our majstång.

    At the end of the evening we will have dancing and some lessons led by our very own dance master, Barry Moore.

    Potluck Smörgåsbord

    Yes, this is a potluck dinner with a Swedish twist for midsommar!

    The bar will be open at 5:30 for our social hour and during that time we will be setting out the dishes you bring for our potluck smörgåsbord.

    Please bring enough food to serve 4-5 people. Please have your dish ready to serve so we just have to put it out on the appropriate table. Put your name on your plate or bowl so you get your dishes back at the end of the evening.

    You never know exactly what to expect for a potluck, but we’re hoping to get a good variety of Swedish foods. We’ve assigned members to bring food based on names/alphabet.  Please look at the next page to see what table you’re assigned to.   

    Please contact Linnea Koze (kitchen coordinator) at (503) 807-8112 or Chuck Johnson (916) 501-9256 if you have any questions.

    Table 1  (Members from Don & Joyce Johnson to James & Melissa Netzel)

    Traditionally the smörgåsbord begins with herring of all kinds: Dream Herring, Mustard Herring, Currant, Herring, Onion Herring, Island Herring, Lemon Herring, Elderflower Herring, Archipelago Herring, Lingonberry Herring. The variety of different kinds of pickled herring is a never-ending story! Maybe you can create a herring variation of your own by starting with a jar of pickled herring. You could also bring some salmon such as smoked salmon or gravlax.  Shrimp is also served with this first course. This is the table where we could use some deviled eggs, some fresh boiled new potatoes with dill, and some cheese. If you can bake, we’d love to have some fresh homemade limpa for this table too!

    Table 2  (Members from Donna Niemoller to Larry Wood)

    Think COLD food. This table will focus on cold cuts such as various sausages, sliced ham, cold roast beef, and different pates. Various salads and cold side dishes are served with this course also such as pickled cucumbers, potato salad, cabbage salad, pickled beets, jellied veal, chicken salad, fresh green salad, pickles and olives.


    Table 3  (Members from Theresa Alberts to Violet DeBord)

    Focus on HOT food for this table. We will have a strip outlet available if you want to bring your dish in a crockpot to keep it warm. You could also put your serving dish in the oven for a short time to keep it warm before serving.

    Think about bringing some Swedish meat balls for this table or some warm sausages like the little prinskorv. Spareribs are popular on this table for midsommar. Hot side dishes are needed here too like cabbage rolls, brown beans, red cabbage, boiled new potatoes with dill, and a Jansson’s Temptation.

    Table 4  (Members from Mark Delle to Chuck Johnson)

    DESSERTS! We’d love to have some homemade baked goods for this table—some cookies or maybe a light cake. This is the spot for a mixed fruit salad. And STRAWBERRIES! Midsommar would not be midsommar without strawberries—served alone with a little sugar and whipped cream—or with ice cream, on top of a meringue, or in the form of jordgubbstårta (Swedish version of strawberry shortcake). Please don’t forget to bring the strawberries!

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