The initiator and founder of Prof. Edgars Andersons Memorial Scholarship is his wife, Ligita Andersone (19302015, USA). These scholarships are intended for the University of Latvia students with special needs and orphans.

Prof. Edgars Anderson's life and work

The outstanding historian Professor Edgars Andersons (1920–1989) was born in Tukums, Latvia. In 1943, he graduated from the University of Latvia, Faculty of History and Philosophy. At the conclusion of the Second World War, he was uprooted and at last reached the United States in 1949 as a refugee.

In 1956, he received his doctorate from the University of Chicago, specializing in history, general historiography and military history of Northern, Eastern Europe and South America. He worked as a lecturer and presented lecture series at a number of universities in Europe, the United States and Australia, and published a number of scientific studies and books.

Andersons was an active public figure representing Latvians in exile. He headed the Baltic Studies Program at San Jose State University since 1970, and as of 1974 organized regular gatherings of Latvians in Tobago.


Edgars Andersons memorial scholarship in the 2000/2001 academic year was awarded to four UL students: Daiga Pinkovska, Inta Lauska, Mārtiņš Mintaurs, Sanita Erta.

In the 2002/2003 academic year, the scholarship was awarded to eight UL students: Andrejs Gordins, Ilona Mundeciema, Ilze Bankava, Inese Rožinska, Jānis Flaksis, Jogita Erta, Kristiāns Andersons, Pauls Puķītis.

In the 2003/2004 academic year, the scholarship was awarded to four UL students: Ilze Sprudzāne, Māris Builis, Nataļja Vasiļjeva, Natālija Drozda.

In the 2005/2006 academic year, the scholarship was awarded to three UL students: Darja Višņakova, Ieva Prodniece, Normunds Pīlips.

In the 2006/2007 academic year, the scholarship was awarded to Ilgvars Hofmanis; and in 2007/2008 – to Kirils Oļeško; while in 2008/2009 – to Jānis Vanags.

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