Recognizing EXCELLENCE in spirit and dedication of final-year U of M 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 University of Minnesota architectural and engineering students in the final year of their master's program.
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2015 Thomas F. Ellerbe Scholarship Finalists and Recipients

This year marks the 34th anniversary of the Thomas F. Ellerbe (TFE) scholarship. The TFE Scholarship Foundation 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 58  architectural recipients, receiving a total of $140,000 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 National's Component Scholarship Grant program. A reception celebrating the scholarship finalists and recipients was held in March at the School of Architecture.

The award recipients and finalists are listed below. Click the link below to view each student’s portfolio work.

Architecture Award Recipients:
Brice Aarrestad: View portfolio
Alex Robinson: View portfolio

Engineering Award Recipient:
Varsha Padhee

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

2014 Thomas F. Ellerbe Scholarship Recipients

Kaylyn Kirby
Sanyong Hahn
Dan Raznick

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