U.S. Friends of Chalmers University of Technology Inc. is registered with IRS as a 501(c)(3) corporation and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes. The corporation was founded in May of 2002 by Chalmers together with a group of alumni with the aim of supporting education and research at Chalmers University of Technology through financial donations and contact building in the United States. It was the first organization of its kind in the U.S. for a Swedish university, proving how strongly many of the Chalmers alumni feel for their unique “Chalma Mater”.
The first annual meeting was held in May 2002, electing the founding members Bo Hedfors, Erland Magnusson and Conny Kullman as officers of the corporation.
U.S. Friends of Chalmers has the power to solicit grants and contributions; to receive contributions of real and/or personal property by gift, devise or bequest; to sell, invest or reinvest its income and assets; to apply the income and principal thereof for charitable purposes.
Increase the awareness of Chalmers University of Technology in the U.S.
The mission for U.S. Friends of Chalmers is raising funds for scholarships enabling U.S. students to get their Master’s Degree at Chalmers University of Technology as well as promoting university and industry collaboration with U.S. partners.
• Build local chapters where events can be organized to strengthen the ties between local alumni and encourage acts of support for Chalmers University of Technology. Currently there are five chapters; Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C., San Diego, Dallas and New York.
• Work to expand Chalmers’ network by introducing Chalmers officials to potential supporters in the U.S. as well as assisting with organizing meetings and events when Chalmers representatives visit the U.S.
• Assist in promoting Chalmers University of Technology in the U.S. and encouraging individuals, corporations and charitable entities to provide support for the scholarship program.
Grant approval procedure
U.S. Friends of Chalmers Grant Making Committee use funds collected by donations to make grants for scholarships upon request by Chalmers and makes recommendations to the Board of U.S. Friends of Chalmers for approval.
Upon approval of such a scholarship from U.S. Friends of Chalmers, Chalmers Admission’s Department selects the most qualified applicant(s) from the U.S. to be awarded the scholarship(s).
If a donor, or a group of donors (who has donated a full scholarship) has a special request as to who should receive the scholarship, this can be arranged as long as the applicant fulfills all the requirements for admission and is admitted to a Master’s Program.
Scholarships are awarded at a ceremony in the U.S. and can be arranged according to the donor’s wishes (for platinum donors).