Recognizing EXCELLENCE in spirit and dedication of final-year  graduate students in architecture and engineering

The Thomas F. Ellerbe Scholarship was endowed in 1981 by the Ellerbe firm in honor of Thomas F. Ellerbe, FAIA. This fund annually awards two or more $1,000 to $2,500 scholarships to exemplary architectural and engineering students in the final year of their master's program.

2017 Finalists and Recipients

This year marks the 36th anniversary of the Thomas F. Ellerbe (TFE) scholarship. The TFE scholarship was initially funded by the Ellerbe Associates, Inc., firm in 1981 to honor Tom Ellerbe, 88 years old at the time, for his ongoing generosity in personally giving full-year scholarships to worthy University of Minnesota and Notre Dame architectural students. The TFE scholarship also includes engineering students. To date there have been 17 engineering and 64 architectural recipients, receiving a total of $165,000 in awards.

Assessment criteria for judging the architectural portfolios: rigor of design, general creativity, clarity of presentation, and range of challenges explored. The basic assessment criteria for judging the engineering submissions were general creativity in scientific breakthrough thinking and research that has the potential to positively impact the sustainability of the built environment.

The TFE scholarship is administered by the Minnesota Architectural Foundation. This year's scholarship was enhanced by a special gift of $1,000 from AIA's Component Scholarship Grant program. A reception celebrating the scholarship finalists and recipients was held in April.

Award Recipients:
Keshika De Saram
Xin Hu
Amanda Weiker

Finalists:
Sundus Al Bayati
Kathleen Bond
Travis Herr
Eryn Kim
Shiqi Lu

2016 Finalists and Recipients

Award Recipients:
Anna Mahnke
Bridget Geissler
Yong Gyun Noh

Finalists:
Molly Dalsin
Holly Engle
Alexa Iverson
Katie Loecken
Kyle Palzer

2015 Finalists and Recipients

Architecture Award Recipients:
Brice Aarrestad
Alex Robinson

Engineering Award Recipient:
Varsha Padhee

Architecture Finalists:
Emilie Kopp
Samuel Daley
Christina Stark
Joe Mollen
Xuesheng Song
Pyi Maung

2014 Thomas F. Ellerbe Scholarship Recipients

Award Recipients:
Kaylyn Kirby
Sanyong Hahn
Dan Raznick

Finalists:
Will Adams
Philip Bussey
Amy Ennen
Mitchell Hein
Claire Lonsbury
Shuping Wang