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William C Sweet Scholarship 

William C. Sweet
Membre D’Honneur of Skål International

Many of you know Bill Sweet’s history within the Skal organization, yet many of our newer members might not understand the breathe of Bill’s Skal involvement through the years.

A member of the University of Denver’s School of Hospitality & Tourism’s first graduating class, Bill went to work for the Brown Palace Hotel shortly thereafter, eventually rising through the ranks to serve as the Brown’s General Manager & President for many years. Bill joined the Skål Club of Denver in 1963 and served as our President in 1971.

Unlike so many of us in this oganization who have served as a local Skål Club President however, Bill’s service to Skal had only just begun. He served as Regional VP from 1976-80 before moving up the “Officers ladder” to serve as President of all of Skal International USA in 1982-83. During 1984-85, Bill was President of the “North American Association of Skål Clubs” representing over 100 Clubs and thousands of North America Skalleagues.

From late 1985 to 2001, Bill served as “Executive Secretary” for both SIUSA and NAASC combined, and was awarded the “Order of Skal Merit” in 1994. Bill Sweet has been named “Honorary President” for SIUSA as well as for North America, but his most distinguished recognition within the world of Skål was to have been named a “Membre D’Honneur” of Skal International in October, 2003. In the 75 year history of Skå, this honor has only been bestowed on 74 members worldwide, and Bill is one of only 4 elite Skalleagues in the United States to ever be recognized in such fashion!

Of historical note, Bill has attended 26 Skål International Congresses and 31 NAASC Congresses.

2017 William Sweet Receipent -  Katarina Nilsson

An international student from Sweden currently pursuing a Bachelor

of Science in Event and Meeting Management at Metropolitan State

University of Denver. Her graduation date is December 2018,

post-graduation she hopes to stay within the hospitality business and

use her multicultural background to bring people closer together and

teach them how to see the opportunities that comes with differences

rather than the obstacles.

During her free time she enjoy spending time with good friends and food, attending social events, hiking, sports and pretty much anything that will keep me on my toes. 

"I cannot thank you at Skal International Colorado enough for selecting me as your recipient of the William C Sweet Scholarship. As a self-paid international student I can use all the help I can get, and you really did help me out a lot! I had a great time at the Annual Silent Auction Event and it was a pleasure to meet all of you. Thank you."


Katarina Nilsson. 

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