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NACC ANNUAL AWARD
First given to Leif Eie in 1969, it is awarded annually for outstanding service to the Norwegian
American community and presented at the Christmas Julebord in December.
Cutting Edge Corporate Award
The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding Pacific Northwest or Norwegian based companies
related to NACC. The award is presented in alternate years and it was first given to Simrad on
December 1st 1999.
J. Eldon Opheim Award
The award was established in the millennium year to honor the contributions of special individuals
and leaders of Norwegian heritage Or interests whose contributions to our region's economy, culture,
education or society are so outstanding as to cry out for recognition. It is neither an annual, nor
a once in a decade award. It will only be granted when the situation makes such a presentation obvious.
The award was named for the late J. Eldon Opheim, longest serving Executive Director in the history
of the Port of Seattle (1964-77), who died in 1980. Under his leadership, the Port of Seattle airport
and seaport became fully modernized and among the most important in the Pacific Ocean region.
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Leif Eie Scholarship Fund
The Greater Seattle Chapter of the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce offers a scholarship in
the amount of $2,000. This scholarship is intended to promote the education of students in the ideals
of the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce to encourage and support the enhancement of trade, commerce,
and other professional relations between Norway, Washington State, and the Pacific Northwest.
In addition, the scholarship is intended to promote the cultural ties between Norway and the United
States of America. Applicants will be judged on merit alone as determined by the Scholarship
Committee's evaluation of the applicant's written proposal describing the purpose for which the
scholarship will be used, three letters of recommendation, and an official copy of the student's
- Priority consideration shall be given to applicants whose course
of study aims toward a future career in business or the professions
(for example, in the fields of law, education, the arts and humanities,
and international relations) which involve developing and strengthening
relations between Norway and the United States.
- Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United
States, residing in the region of the Seattle Chapter of the Norwegian-American
Chamber of Commerce, or citizens of Norway enrolled in a course of study
at a university or college in the Pacific Northwest.
- Applicants are expected to have some demonstrable knowledge
of the Norwegian language, such as completion of ONE year of Norwegian
language study or equivalent proficiency.
- Applicants must have a minimum of a C+ grade point average,
or its equivalent. The scholarship may be awarded to one winner or split
between two winners.
Completed applications must be sent to:
Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce
2200 Alaskan Way Suite 470
Seattle, WA 98121
Instructions to Applicants
The completed application and supporting material are due NO LATER THAN
MARCH 31, 2001.
The application must include:
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- The full name, address, and telephone number of the applicant-;
- A typed written proposal outlining the purpose for which a
scholarship application is made. Describe any project which the scholarship
is intended to support and/or fully explain the purpose of the application;
- A brief personal description;
- A description of scholastic and non-scholastic awards received;
- Three letters of recommendation from employers, teachers, or
professors who are familiar with your work;
- Official copies of transcripts of all university/college work;
- Any additional information or data you feel is appropriate for the
Committee to know; and why.