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Opisto Scholarship Program

In cooperation with its sister organization, the SRK in Finland, the LLC provides 14 scholarships annually for students to attend three different cultural/folk schools called "opistos." The three schools are located in Jämsä, Ranua, and Reisjärvi, Finland.Scholarship applications are reviewed by the LLC Scholarship Selection Committee and approved by the LLC Board of Directors. Hundreds of students have participated in the program since its inception in 1982.

Students have benefited from Laestadian Lutheran faith-based teaching, an opportunity to study the Finnish language and culture, and learning practical topics in academics, craft and trades, and music. Member LLC congregations often participate in the support of students, and places are also available for students who pay their own way.

To learn more about the Opisto Scholarship Program, please contact Ruth DeLacey ( for further details.

Opisto Websites
Looking for the application for an opisto scholarship?


Please note that we are currently updating the opisto scholarship application. You will be able to access the updated application beginning March 1, 2023.


If you know you will be applying for a scholarship, one thing you can do already now is gather your letters of reference. You can tell adults in your life that you are applying to study abroad for a year for the 2024–25 school year. You would be in a boarding school setting in Finland where you would study the Finnish language and other subjects while immersing yourself in Finnish culture. Ask them to write us a letter that speaks to your characteristics and your suitability for this type of program.


Here, in a nutshell, is what we need:

  • Three letters of reference from adults who know you. Each letter must contain the reference’s complete contact information.

  • Only one of the references can be from a close relative.

  • One of the letters must be from a teacher or counselor or another adult who knows you in a school setting.


In addition, here’s a couple tips:

  • If you have a job, consider asking your supervisor to write a letter of reference.

  • You can ask an adult from church who knows you well to be a reference as well.


Check back at the beginning of March to find the updated application! Thank you for your patience and for your interest in the opisto program!

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