Why I Give

An Illinois civil engineering alumnus, Larry Sur (BS, MS 1965) and his wife Rosie generously support bioengineering and civil engineering students through the Engineering Visionary Scholarship (EVS) initiative. As a student in the early 1960s, Larry was the recipient of a scholarship that enabled him to study at Illinois.

"We wanted to give back and encourage the best and brightest [students] in engineering to come to Illinois.”

He chose to support students in both civil engineering and bioengineering disciplines because of his affnity for his home department and personal experience with bioengineering-related products.

"I have an artificial aortic heart valve...and an artificial knee," he said. "I'm just amazed at what you can do with engineering and medicine."

About Larry Sur

  • One of the top leaders in logistics in N. America and Europe
  • Retired vice chairman of GENCO, a supply chain solutions firm that was acquired by FedEx in 2015
  • Entrepreneur who co-founded knowledge-based logistics firm IOgistics Inc. in 2000
  • Successful 23-year career at Schneider National, where he held several key leadership roles
  • Started his career at Whirlpool, where he helped develop computer-aided design of appliances
  • Recipient of the 2001 Salzberg Award for achievements in logistics and transportation
On October 18, 2017, Larry and Rosie Sur (center) met with EVS recipients on campus. Over lunch, the Surs shared their career experiences with the students, who in turn, told the couple about their aspirations

Double the gift

The Engineering Visionary Scholarship makes an Illinois education accessible to the most-deserving and highest-achieving students. Thanks to a matching gift initiative sponsored by the Grainger Foundation, the Surs were able to double their EVS donation, enabling them to support twice as many scholarships.

Now through the end of 2019, the Grainger Foundation will match all donations up to $25 million to Illinois Engineering scholarship endowments.

Meet EVS recipients


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