Andrejs Jurgens (1939–2010) was born in Riga on 9 December 1939, in Pēteris and Alīna Aleksandra (née Vakulis) Jurgens family as their first child.

His father, Pēteris Jurģens (according to passport, Jurgens), was born in Rauna municipality and worked for one of Latvia's largest brick production companies, AS Ķiegeļnieks as a technical manager, and was a high-ranking official. Although the joint-stock company office was located in Riga, industrial activities took place in Bērzgale, Krustpils, Dagda and Rēzekne.

A. Jurgen's mother Alīna Aleksandra Jurgens (née Vakulis), a homemaker, was born in Valka. Both parents were Lutheran and married at Old St. Gertrude Church, and after the marriage purchased a separate apartment at Brīvības iela 155.

The family emigrated to the United States. While living in Northern California, the Jurgens family continued to maintain the Latvian spirit and was socially involved, joining the Latvian Lutheran congregation in Northern California.

A. Jurgens studied engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and received a scholarship for his studies in the Bachelor's programme.

The patron passed away on 3 December 2010 and was laid to rest in California.


A. Jurgens is the greatest University of Latvia sports supporter to date, having donated USD 2 000 000 to provide the University of Latvia scholarship "Ceļamaize" ("Bread for the journey") to the most talented UL athletes. 

In the 2018/2019 academic year, the scholarships were awarded to Edijs Šlesers, Linards Jaunzems, Renārs Birkāns and Edmunds Mekers.

In the 2017/2018 academic year, the scholarships were awarded to Elīna Červinska, Linards Jaunzems, Renārs Birkāns, Jānis Eiduks, Pēteris Rēķis, Edmunds Mekers and Edgars Leja.

In the 2016/2017 academic year, the scholarships were awarded to Edgars Suraks, Harijs Rubenis, Edijs Šlesers, Daniels Peičs, Linards Jaunzems, Roberts Krūmiņš, Jānis Eiduks, Kārlis Dārznieks, Ivars Ikstens, Pauls Bergs, Elīna Červinska, Armands Ginters and Pēteris Rēķis.

In the 2015/2016 academic year, the scholarships were awarded to Dāvis Tomiņš, Oskars Lācis, Kārlis Dārznieks, Ivars Ikstens, Pauls Bergs, Dmitrijs Brizgalovs, Elīna Červinska, Armands Ginters, Jānis Berkolts, Edgars Leja, Renārs Magone, Reinis Jānis Pavlovskis and Pēteris Rēķis.

We greatly appreciate the generous support to education and development!