The King presents scholarships to young leaders

The King presented scholarships in the Hall of State at the Royal Palace.

The King presented scholarships in the Hall of State at the Royal Palace. Photo: Nathalie Malic

On Thursday 18 November, The King presented Compass Rose Scholarships to seven young people who have demonstrated courage, consideration and energy in their leadership. During the ceremony, young leaders who have completed Value-Based Leadership training also received diplomas from The King.

The King presents one of the 2021 scholarships to Muna Idow, founder of the Mermaid Swimming School in Gothenburg.

The King presents one of the 2021 scholarships to Muna Idow, founder of the Mermaid Swimming School in Gothenburg. Photo: Magnus Fröderberg

The ceremony was arranged by The King's Young Leadership Foundation, and took place in the Hall of State at the Royal Palace. The King opened the ceremony with a speech, in which he said:

"The world needs more leaders in both large and small contexts – leaders who are rooted in strong values, and who allow themselves to be guided by their values.

"To all you young people who are here today to receive your diplomas and scholarships: Thank you for spreading good values and value-based leadership to others. This is needed. You are needed!"

Oliver Titikic, co-founder of legal firm AURIX, receives one of the 2020 Compass Rose Scholarships from The King.

Oliver Titikic, co-founder of legal firm AURIX, receives one of the 2020 Compass Rose Scholarships from The King. Photo: Magnus Fröderberg

Presentation of scholarships and diplomas

During the ceremony, The King also presented the Compass Rose Scholarship to seven leaders under the age of 25 who have demonstrated courage, consideration and energy in their leadership. The scholarship amount is 50,000 kronor, to be used for personal leadership development. The Young Leadership Foundation operates the scholarship programme.

Due to the pandemic, The King also presented the 2020 scholarships during the ceremony.

2021 Compass Rose Scholarship recipients

Muna Idow, 23, founder of the Mermaid Swimming School in Gothenburg
Emina Sesto, 23, operational manager for three homes for people with disabilities in Uppsala Municipality
Eleonora Svanberg 22, co-founder of Girls in STEM in Stockholm

2020 Compass Rose Scholarship recipients

Omar Alshogre, 25, Syrian Emergency Task Force
Frida Caballero, 25, Girls in Tech Sweden
Oliver Titikic, 25, co-founder of legal firm AURIX
Victoria Söderlund, 24, leader and chair of Rogsta Scout Troop

The King also presented diplomas to almost 150 young people who completed the Value-Based Leadership course during 2019 and 2020. The training is arranged by the Scouts and the Scouts' Folk High School, with the support of the Young Leadership Foundation.

Young Leadership

The Young Leadership Foundation External link, opens in new window. was a gift to The King on his 60th birthday, at the initiative of the Scouts. The foundation works to highlight young leaders with good value-based leadership skills. The foundation's values are based on the values of the Scout Movement, and courage, consideration and energy are central to good value-based leadership.