University Students | Awards
Telluride Association sponsors a variety of awards for students and associates at many stages of their careers."Without the Mike Yarrow Award my project in Honduras would have been difficult if not impossible."
- Mansfield-Wefald Senior Thesis Prize
- The Mike Yarrow Adventurous Education Award
- E.M. Johnson Essay Contest
- Miller-Sidgwick / Reese Miller International Exchange Scholarship
Mansfield-Wefald Senior Thesis Prize
The 1994 Telluride Association Convention established the Mansfield-Wefald Prize to honor the memory of Mary Mansfield and Eric Wefald, two Association members who died tragically in 1989. The prize of $500 will be awarded by a committee of Association members for the best scholarly thesis written by a Telluride associate who will have completed his or her final year of undergraduate education in the 2014-15 academic year. The 2014 winner of the prize was Amherst College graduate Madeline Chan, SP09, for her thesis entitled “Prison Education: It’s Rhetoric and Practice in the Neoliberal State.” See list of all past recipients.
Previous winners of the Mansfield-Wefald Prize.
The application due date on May 8, 2015, and the award recipient will be announced by the Awards Committee in June. Download the 2015 Mansfield-Wefald Application.
The Mike Yarrow Adventurous Education Award
Clarence “Mike” Yarrow (DS25 CB28 TA28) led the establishment and operation of the Pasadena Branch of Telluride Association, which operated from 1947 to 1952. In addition to his Telluride activities, Mike was a committed Quaker who worked for world peace in many capacities, at home and abroad. A number of Pasadena Branch alumni and friends have worked to establish the Mike Yarrow Adventurous Education Award in his memory, to enable Telluride branchmembers to pursue summer educational projects that reflect his spirit.
The award, of up to $3,000, is designed to allow the recipient to undertake a non-paying, public service activity during the summer that is outside of an academic institution and clearly reflects Mike Yarrow's interests in peace and service to humanity. The award recipient may be any Telluride Association affiliate who is enrolled in formal education at some point during the 2016 calendar year and over the age of 18 by the time of travel. He or she must have a demonstrated commitment to Telluride Association and a clear need for summer earnings. Within one month of his or her return, the successful applicant must summarize his or her summer activities in a report, which will stand as a record of the summer's accomplishments, and will also be distributed to the Yarrow Award sponsoring group.
In 2015, the Yarrow Award for Adventurous Education supported the work of Ibironke Otusile, SS09, to compile data on pollution and to work on water collection and conservation practices in partnership with the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency in Nigeria. See Past Yarrow Award Recipients below for more information.
Past Yarrow Award Recipients
The application for the 2016 Yarrow Award is due in Ithaca on March 10, 2016. (Applications are generally due in early spring, and the award recipient is usually announced by the Awards Committee in late March, in time for students to make their summer plans.)
E.M. Johnson Essay Contest
At its 2015 Convention, Telluride Association announced an essay contest in honor of former Telluride Association Chancellor E.M. Johnson on the theme of "The Purpose, Promise, and Practices of Telluride Association.” The contest is open to all Association alumni not currently members of Telluride Association. Entrants should submit essays of no more than 1,000 words (double spaced) to the Telluride Association Office on or before January 6, 2016. (Deadline Extended!) Please consult the Formatting Guidelines sheet for more details on how to format your essay.
The essay contest has two divisions:
- Essays by applicants who have not yet earned their bachelor's degree at the time of the submission, and
- Essays by applicants who have received their bachelor's degree at the time of submission.
The first prize in each division is $1,000; the second prize is $750 and the third prize is $500.
Please submit essays using the Essay Contest Entry Form and consult the Formatting Guidelines sheet. The Awards Committee will select entries for prizes based on their depth of analysis and grace in verbal expression; essays should observe the norms of academic punctuation and style. You may also refer to Telluride's Purpose and Plan statement found here. The Committee will announce the winners by February 2016.
Miller-Sidgwick / Reese Miller International Exchange Scholarship:
The University of Michigan and the University of Cape Town
Cornell University and Central European University
The Miller-Sidgwick and Reese Miller International Exchange Scholarships are awarded to exceptional students in support of Telluride Association’s mission of promoting intellectual inquiry and democratic self-government. The Scholarships were established by a bequest from the family of Reese Miller, Deep Springs ’52, Cornell Branch ’53, Telluride Association ‘55 and Lincoln Exchange Scholar '59.
In the 2015-16 academic year, the scholarship will be awarded for one University of Cape Town post-graduate student to study at University of Michigan and for one Central European University post-graduate student to study at Cornell University. The scholarships cover room and board, health insurance, travel to and from the exchange country, and a living stipend.
For University of Cape Town students, the Miller-Sidgwick scholarship covers one year of non-degree graduate study at University of Michigan. Scholar is also expected to engage in independent study with a faculty mentor. Scholar will be offered room and board at Telluride House at University of Michigan campus; he or she is expected to fully participate in Telluride House life and governance including the House service projects.
For Central European University students, the Reese Miller scholarship covers an annual graduate enrollment at the Cornell University. Scholar is expected to engage with a faculty mentor and it is also possible to attend courses as a graduate student. Scholar will be offered room and board at Telluride House at Cornell University campus; he or she is expected to fully participate in Telluride House life and governance.
University of Cape Town students should submit their application materials latest by 9th of October, 2015. Please see the application form for details.
Central European University students should submit their application materials latest by January 26, 2015.
Terms of Scholarship
UCT to UM: The University of Cape Town scholar will be offered room and board at Telluride House at the University of Michigan, and will engage in independent study with a faculty mentor. Scholars will be provided with a modest living stipend for the duration of the exchange and will be expected to fully participate in House life including the House service projects. Further, the scholar will be expected to submit a short written report (<3 pages) on his/her experiences and research to the Association no later than one month after the end of the exchange, or by June 1, 2016, whichever comes first..
CEU to CU: The scholarship will cover room and board through accommodation at the Telluride House located on the Cornell University campus. Scholars will be provided with a modest living stipend for the duration of the exchange and will be expected to fully participate in House life and governance. The selected scholar will receive a tuition waiver from the host department at Cornell University as part of the scholarship, and will be expected to submit a short written report (<3 pages) on his/her experiences and research to the Association no later than one month after the end of the exchange, or by June 1, 2016, whichever comes first.
More detailed terms of scholarship are available upon request.
Miller-Sidgwick International Exchange Scholarship Application (for UCT Students).
Reese Miller International Exchange Scholarship Application (for CEU students).
We encourage you to send completed Mansfield-Wefald and Yarrow applications to the TA Office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) as well as by USPS. All Miller-Sidgwick and Reese Miller applications should be forwarded to email@example.com via e-mail only, per application instructions.