*Minne means “memory” in Norwegian
The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program annually selects college students to participate in two programs throughout the year to acquire a more in depth knowledge of the Holocaust and of Israel. Awards for the participation of these two programs comes through the MINNE Fund which is a fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation.
The MINNE Fellowships program was created due to the generosity of Peder Alfred Friiso (1919-2014) of Norway. He was a kind man of strong Christian convictions who was deeply affected by the crimes perpetrated by the Nazis and their collaborators, including Norwegians. He also had a love for the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Upon his death, he made a bequest to fund a program that would help Israel and also educate about the Holocaust. He asked his nephew Geir Friiso of Minneapolis to find a way to make his desire become reality. The MINNE Fellowships program was established to honor his wish.
- The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum visit:
- Tuesday, March 28, 2023
- Program details can be found here.
- Students who have been awarded to participate in this program will receive a full scholarship for participation
- Following this trip, participating students will be asked to either participate in a community program or host a program (with guidance and support from the Israel Center and the JCRC)
- Deadline for application submissions is February 7, 2023 @ 9pm
- Selected students will be notified of award by February 20, 2023
Eligibility & Information:
- Must be a registered, full-time student at the following or at least one year left on campus:
- Augsburg University
- St. Olaf College
- University of Minnesota
- Minnesota State University, Mankato
- St. Thomas University
- Concordia College
- Must be a sophomore or above
- 3.0 Grade point level and above
- Proof of COVID vaccinations required
Students who have participated in the Holocaust education portion will be referred to a program taking students on a FREE 10-day visit to Israel to learn about the country, and its history, culture, and society. If accepted to this program, MINNE will cover national airfare.
What is the Program to Israel? Learn more here: Jewish National Fund – Caravan For Democracy