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1985 - First scholarships awarded

The Foundation’s history of giving scholarships begins in 1985 with the awarding of the first Hallas-Møller Scholarship. Knud Hallas-Møller (photo) is Harald Pedersen’s son-in-law and plays a major role in the Foundation’s history; he is a member of the Novo Foundation Board (1951–1983) and a director (1961–1981) of both Novo Terapeutisk Laboratorium A/S and Novo Industri A/S. The Scholarship pays the recipient’s salary for 5 years plus the operating expenses of a research project. Today, the Novo Nordisk Foundation awards two annual Hallas-Møller Scholarships of DKK 11 million each. Several other scholarships have also been established.