The Michael G. Karni Scholarship Fund was established as a memorial to Dr. Karni, U of M PhD in American studies, educator and historian, former employee of the IHRC, publisher of the periodical Finnish Americana and other materials of Finnish American history and literature. He was a Fulbright scholar in Finland and was awarded the White Rose of Finland for his work promoting Finnish American scholarship.
During the 1970s, Mike was a valued member of the IHRC staff, editor of the early issues of the Center's publication Spectrum. He was instrumental in developing the IHRC'S Finnish American Collection and in establishing fruitful relationships with colleagues and institutions in Finland. He organized the first scholarly conference on Finnish American studies, Finn Forum I, which was held in Duluth in 1974, and edited its proceedings, which were published jointly by the Migration Institute of Turku, Finland, and the IHRC.
The scholarship fund has been established to honor this colleague who contributed so much to the IHRC's mission and to the advancement of Finnish American Studies. Gifts to this fund are tax deductible and become part of the IHRC's endowment fund.
The Fund will be used to help defray the expenses of visiting professors, lecturers, or graduate students using the IHRC's archival materials. Preference will be given to those using the Finnish American collection, with next preference to those using the Baltic collections (i.e., Estonian, Latvian, or Lithuanian). View the application procedures and evaluation criteria through the related link (Michael G. Karni Scholarship flyer .
Follow the U Foundation link to make an online gift through the University of Minnesota Foundation's secure site. Type in the designation "IHRC: Michael G. Karni Scholarship (Fund 6225)" in order to have your gift directed to this particular fund.