Here we present some benefactors whose donations mean a lot to Chalmers.
Rune Andersson, alumnus of Chalmers, is the founder of the Rune Andersson Scholarship. During the 1980s, Rune Andersson was the president of the Swedish industrial group Trelleborg, and played a leading role in Swedish business world. Today he works with his family owned business Mellby Gård.
Rune Andersson is one of Sweden’s great philanthropists. During Chalmers’ funding campaign in the 1990s, he made a generous donation. His name was subsequently given to an auditorium, RunAn. The Rune Andersson Scholarship is another way for him to show his gratitude for his education at Chalmers University of Technology. With this scholarship he wants to encourage and inspire former students at Chalmers to contribute to change and development in Sweden and the rest of the world.
Sievert Larsson is an entrepreneur and founder of the charity, The Sievert Larsson Scholarship Foundation, which gives needy young people the opportunity to study at university or college. A donation of two million kronor from Sievert Larsson is giving young people from Thailand the chance to study for a Masters at Chalmers.
- It feels as if the money is returning to my home town again and it is to the delight of both myself and the students. I have strong feelings for Chalmers even though I never studied there myself, says Sievert Larsson, who was was born and grew up in Göteborg.
The Pro Suecia Foundation, managed by Barbro Osher, supports cultural and educational projects with Swedish connection in Sweden and the U.S. Swedish-born Barbro Osher has lived in the U.S. for many years and among many other commitments, she is the consul general of Sweden to San Francisco. Together with her husband Bernard Osher, she is one of the largest donors in the U.S.
In 2007, the Pro Suecia Foundation donated one million dollars, about six million Swedish kronor, to give researchers at Chalmers the opportunity to visit universities in California and broaden their cooperation.
Ulla-Britt Bergkvist was born in Malmö in 1941. When she left Chalmers in 1968, she was one of three women in her age group of 90 students. Women's rights were a matter that meant a lot to her throughout her life. Just before she passed away, Ulla-Britt Bergkvist donated a gift to Friends of Chalmers. Her wish was to strengthen women in the labor market through studies or graduate work at foreign universities.