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Making it Possible

The Scholarship Program provides scholarships for promising Swedish students, supported by generous grants from the Swedish-American business community.

The Chamber is deeply appreciative of its donors' generosity. Without the scholars and your support, the Chamber would be unable to offer the full range of programs and services.

To learn more about contributing to the Scholarship Program, please contact Renée Lundholm.

  • Charles E. Long

    Mr. Long has served as a member of our Board of Directors since January 2001. Mr. Long is former vice chairman of Citicorp and its principal subsidiary, Citibank.

    Mr. Long held various positions during his career with Citicorp, which began in 1972. From 1982 to 1998, he headed Citicorp's External Affairs Division, which includes the Government Relations Division in Washington, D.C. From 1976 to 1982, he was responsible for managing Citicorp's international consumer banking business, as well as legal and external affairs for consumer banking worldwide. Mr. Long is a trustee of the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship, the Midwest Research Institute and the National Forest Foundation.

    He has served as an officer, director or trustee on a number of corporate, charitable and public boards, including vice chairman of Georgetown University, Chairman of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce Inc., Vice Chairman and Director of Woodrow Wilson House Museum and Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. Mr. Long is a member of the Board of Directors of Atlas Copco North America and Gendux AB.

  • Ambassador Lyndon L. Olson Jr. & Mrs. Kay Olson

    In 1997, Lyndon L. Olson, Jr. was nominated by President Clinton to be Ambassador to Sweden and went on to serve in this capacity until 2001.

    Mr. Olson served as a member of the Texas State House of Representatives from 1973 until 1978. Mr. Olson was chairman of the Texas State Board of Insurance from 1979 until 1981, and from February 1983 until August 1987. He also served as President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in 1982. He was appointed to the negotiation team on international reinsurance issues at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva, Switzerland in 1987 and lectured to ASEAN Nations in 1985 and 1989 at the United Nations Conferences on Trade and Development, Program of Insurance in Manila. He was one of the negotiators for the United States-Israeli Free Trade Agreement relating to services between the two nations; he led a Trade Delegation on Financial Services to Russia and China in 1985.

    Mr. Olson was appointed "The Swedish-American of 2002" by the Vasa Orden of America. The Swedish ties were strengthened in October 2001 when Olson was appointed Honorary Doctor at Umeå University. Ambassador Olson currently serves as chairman of the board of The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York and the American Scandinavian Foundation.

  • Bonnier Group

    The Bonnier Group is a leading media company in the Nordic countries, with annual sales of almost 2 billion Euros, 11 000 employees and operations in 20 countries. The company covers a range of media sectors including daily newspapers, business press, magazines, books, film, cinema, radio, TV, music, multimedia, and business-to-business information services.

    International contacts and relations are of great importance to the Bonnier Group," said Bengt Braun, president and CEO of the leading Nordic media company. "We are proud to support the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in New York with this scholarship. Young talents mean a lot to us and this arrangement also gives us a unique opportunity to see what is going on in the most exciting media market in the world.

  • Bjorn & Diane Ahlstrom

    Mr. Ahlstrom is the former Chairman and President of Volvo in North America from 1970 to 2004. He serves on a number of corporate boards in California and the Midwest. Mr. Ahlstrom is also a Commissioner of the Palm Springs International Airport, as well as a member of the Palm Springs Police Board.

  • Gunnar Gillberg

    Mr. Gillberg graduated from the Stockholm School of Economics in 1967.

    He is currently the CEO of Interalfa AB, a management consulting firm that he founded in 1971. Throughout the years Mr. Gillberg has had various assignments with large Swedish companies, such as Astra, Swedish Match, Svenska Varv, Tarkett, and Kanthal. In 1980 Mr. Gillberg moved to the U.S. and joined the board of SACC New York.

    Mr. Gillberg initiated the Chamber's scholarship program, generously funding two scholarships for three consecutive years. In 2001 Mr. Gillberg was chosen the SACC New York Member of the Year. The motivation read: "In sincere appreciation for exceptional generous support and outstanding contributions made to benefit the overall growth and future success of SACC New York."

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