Early history of the Norway-America Association

The Norway-America Association (NORAM) is a small non-profit organization founded in 1919 by the American-Scandinavian Foundation and Norwegians Worldwide. The organizations wished to create a foundation that would support and encourage educational exchange between Norway and the US. The foundation was originally named the Norway-America Fund, and was launched in September 1919. King Haakon VII accepted to be the royal patron, and the organization has been honored with a royal patron since then.

Norge-Amerika Foreningens høye beskytter. Hans Majestet Kong Harald V Foto: Sølve Sundsbø / Det kongelige hoff.
The Norway-America Association royal patron – H. M. King Harald V Foto: Sølve Sundsbø / Det kongelige hoff.

In 1946, the Norway-America Fund, Amerika-komiteen and Foreningen for Samarbeid mellom De Forente Stater og Norge, merged forces and became what is known today as the Norway-America Association. The mission is stated in the first paragraph of the by-laws: “The aim of the Association is to advance the cultural and practical cooperation between Norway on the one side and the United States of America and Canada on the other. Particular emphasis shall be placed on providing the Association with a nationwide character.”

The Norway-America Association’s work

The Association has worked to provide and facilitate scholarships since 1919 and has helped thousands of students with advising and funding for their studies. Since 1954, NORAM has worked to promote both US and Canada as educational destinations.

Scholarships are awarded annually from several funds and endowments that NORAM administrates. We also work with organizations in the US, such the American-Scandinavian Foundation and Thanks to Scandinavia, and we help administrate applications for their scholarships and grants.

The Norway-America Association receives no public funding, and is financed by private members and sponsors. Would you like to support future scholarship recipients?

Mission: The Norway-America Association’s mission is to strengthen the ties between Norway and North-America through educational exchange. NORAM’s goal is to provide funding to encourage more students, researchers and professionals to study in the US and gain important experience. NORAM contributes this way to strengthening competence, international exchange, networking and mutual understanding on both sides of the Atlantic.