The King presents scholarships to young leaders

On Wednesday 24 April, The King presented the Compass Rose Scholarship to three young leaders who have demonstrated extraordinary courage, consideration and energy. During the ceremony, young leaders who have completed Value-Based Leadership training also received diplomas from The King.

During the ceremony in the Bernadotte Library, young leaders who have completed Value-Based Leadership training received diplomas from The King.

During the ceremony in the Bernadotte Library, young leaders who have completed Value-Based Leadership training received diplomas from The King. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

During the afternoon's ceremony in the Bernadotte Library at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, the Young Leadership Foundation's Compass Rose Scholarship was presented for the 13th year running. The 50,000 kronor scholarship is presented to young leaders under the age of 25 who have demonstrated particular courage, consideration and energy. To date, 38 young leaders have received the scholarship.

The ceremony in the Bernadotte Library began with a speech from The King, in which he said:

"Leadership is not about titles, but about actions. Leadership is about taking responsibility for yourself and for others, and about standing up for good deeds."

The King gives a speech during the ceremony.

Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

This year's scholarship winners were:

Shanga Aziz, 21, from Finspång. He is the founder and chairman of Locker Room Talk, which fights daily to create a more equal Sweden. The organisation carries out preventive work, educating young men to stop disparaging locker room talk and challenging traditional norms of masculinity. Shanga received the Compass Rose Scholarship for having used "value-based leadership, filled with courage, to break norms and contribute towards a better society as he teaches young men about equality and wholesome attitudes".

Shanga Aziz from Finspång, founder and chairman of Locker Room Talk, receives the Compass Rose Scholarship.

Shanga Aziz from Finspång, founder and chairman of Locker Room Talk, receives the Compass Rose Scholarship. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

Hamza Mostafa, 21, from Linköping. He received the Compass Rose Scholarship for having "worked with value-based leadership, based on consideration and compassion, to create new opportunities and faith in the future for his fellow human beings around the world". He makes a real difference through the Tjugaräddarliv ("20 kronor saves lives"), Life2mothers and Kvarter1 initiatives. Hamza is passionate about equal rights among young people in Linköping's deprived areas, and in other parts of the world.

Alexandra Tecle, 21, from Skärholmen. She is a leader and director of Stockholm Basket, Jakobsbergs Gård and KFUM JKS, where she works to give young people the opportunity to have an influence and to take their place in the corridors of power. She received the Compass Rose Scholarship for having "used value-based leadership, based on inclusion and creating the right conditions for more young people to take leading roles".

Alexandra Tecle from Skärholmen receives the Compass Rose Scholarship. She is a leader and director of Stockholm Basket, Jakobsbergs Gård and KFUM JKS.

Alexandra Tecle from Skärholmen receives the Compass Rose Scholarship. She is a leader and director of Stockholm Basket, Jakobsbergs Gård and KFUM JKS. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

During the afternoon's ceremony in the Bernadotte Library, many young leaders who had completed Value-Based Leadership training received their diplomas. The aim of the training is to strength young leaders' leadership by clarifying values and providing guidance on how these can be shown in behaviour and in all life's decisions and actions.

Discussions between young leaders during the ceremony in the Bernadotte Library.

Discussions between young leaders during the ceremony in the Bernadotte Library. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

Young Leadership

The Young Leadership Foundationexternal 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.

The Compass Rose Scholarship is awarded to young people who, regardless of their formal title, have demonstrated responsibility and involvement above and beyond the ordinary through their actions, and who can show that the scholarship can help them to continue developing good leadership. The King's Young Leadership Foundation operates the scholarship programme. The scholarship amount is 50,000 kronor per scholarship, to be used for personal leadership development.

Value-based leadership is a folk high school course which is arranged by the Scouts and the Scouts' Folk High School in cooperation with industry and other voluntary youth organisations, with the support of The King's Young Leadership Foundation.

The scholarship ceremony was held in the Bernadotte Library at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The scholarship ceremony was held in the Bernadotte Library at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden