Tom Wilhelmsen's Foundation

The foundation is a private and independent foundation founded by ship owner Tom Wilhelmsen’s gift certificate in 1965. The Foundation's home is Nøtterøy.

The Foundation’s purpose is to distribute gifts or contributions to institutions, groups or individuals to support any measure of a scientific, social, humanitarian and cultural nature, as well as by scholarships or similar, to cater for performing artists and encourage the ability of youth or others to continue their education, study or research. Since the foundation's start in 1965, we have awarded more than 3,000 scholarships.

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    Application for Funds

    The application form opens for registration 15 March and 15 September every year. Please be advised that you can only apply for funding of scholarships (studiestipend) during the application period starting 15 September each year.

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    The Opera & Ballet Prize

    The Opera and Ballet award was first established in 2009 and is awarded annually by the Tom Wilhelmsen Foundation.

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    Presenting the Foundation

    The Tom Wilhelmsen Foundation in recent years has focussed on functioning as a main sponsor for significant programs and projects in maritime, medicine, arts, and culture. For example, one such initiative is The Wilhelmsen Ballet Academy with the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet. This film provides insight into the foundation’s approach and work to date.

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    Special projects

    We are proud supporters of academic research in the form of a professorship in Maritime research with the Norwegian Business School (BI), as well as a PhD fellow in suicide research at The National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (NSSF) with the University of Oslo (UiO). Furthermore we have a cooperation agreement with the Norwegian foundation Aktiv mot kreft and their initiative Pusterommet. We also contribute to and support the non-profit organisations Make-A-Wish Norway and Right to play. In addition, the foundation support different Emergency medical student associations throughout Norway. The medical advisory board consists of Christen Peder Dahl and Torgeir Wyller.

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    The board

    The Board of the Foundation shall consist of three to six members elected by the general meeting.

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    Articles of association


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    Annual reports

    Please find the foundation's annual reports for download on this page.

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    Contact us

    All inquiries should be directed to the foundation’s office at Lysaker.