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 $3,0000 scholarships to exemplary architectural and engineering students in the final year of their master’s program.

2019 Scholarship Recipients

This year marks the 38th 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 62 architectural recipients, receiving over $184,000 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 the AIA Component Matching Grant. A reception celebrating the scholarship finalists and recipients was held in late April.

Award Recipients:
Tyler Snell
Martin Preuss
Austin Watanabe

Honorable Mention:
Trevor Isaacson

2018 Finalists and Recipients

Award Recipients:
Pratibha Chauhan
Kyrshanbor Hynniewta
Joseph Mills

Danielle Baehm
Sarah Gastler
Sara Powers
Isaac Tapp
Weican Zuo

2017 Finalists and Recipients

Award Recipients:
Keshika De Saram
Xin Hu
Amanda Weiker

Sundus Al Bayati
Kathleen Bond
Travis Herr
Eryn Kim
Shiqi Lu

2016 Finalists and Recipients

Award Recipients:
Anna Mahnke
Bridget Geissler
Yong Gyun Noh

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 Recipients and Finalists

Award Recipients:
Kaylyn Kirby
Sanyong Hahn
Dan Raznick

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