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.
2014 Ellerbe Recipients

2014 Thomas F. Ellerbe Scholarship Finalists and Recipients

This year marks the 33rd 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 16 engineering and 56 architectural recipients, receiving a total of $133,000 in awards.

Through a juried process, five architectural finalists and one engineering finalist were selected — Will Adams, Philip Bussey, Amy Ennen, Mitchell Hein, Claire Lonsbury, and Shuping Wang - all representing excellence in their student careers at the U of M.

The winners of the architectural scholarship were Kaylyn Kirby, Sanyong Hahn, and Dan Raznick. The basic 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 February at the HGA Gallery in the School of Architecture.