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Telluride Association sponsors a variety of awards for students at many stages of their academic careers.

"Without the Mike Yarrow Award my project in Honduras would have been difficult if not impossible."
~Theron Tingstad

Awards Offerings


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 2013-14 academic year. The 2013 winner of the prize was Princeton University graduate Katherine Huang, SP08, for her thesis entitled “In the Shadow of the Law: Evolving Orientations towards Dispute Resolution among Rural Migrants in Shanghai.” See list of all past recipients. 

Previous winners of the Mansfield-Wefald Prize.

The application due date is usually in early May, and the award recipient will be announced by the Awards Committee in June.  Download the 2014 Mansfield-Wefald Application.

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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 2014 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 2013, the Yarrow Award for Adventurous Education went to Abdramane Diabate, DS’12 and Jonathan DeBorst, DS’12, to spend the summer in Costa Rica tutoring public school children and supporting some sustainability projects such as a community garden and a composting toilet.

Past Yarrow Award Recipients

The application for the 2014 Yarrow Award is due in Ithaca on March 10, 2014.   (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.)
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Nunn Archive Fellowship

The 2003 Nunn Archive Fellowship was awarded by the TA/DS History Committee to Christine Ro, SP99, a rising senior at UC Berkeley and a sociology major. She spent six weeks researching Nunn and Telluridean pursuits in the archives of the Center of Southwest Studies, at Fort Lewis College, in Durango, Colorado, under its director, Andrew Gulliford.

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Miller-Sidgwick International Exchange Scholarship:
Cornell University and Central European University


The Miller-Sidgwick International Exchange Scholarships are awarded to exceptional students in support of Telluride Association’s mission of promoting intellectual inquiry and democratic self-government.  The scholarship will be awarded in the 2014-15 academic year, one for a Cornell University student to attend the Central European University for the fall semester of study (from September until December 2014). and one for a Central European University post-graduate student to study at Cornell University for the regular academic year.

Eligibility for scholarship

  • Current post-graduate students at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary
  • Current Cornell University students
    • residing in the Cornell Branch of the Telluride Association, or
    • in the Departments of History, Medieval studies, City and Regional Planning, or
  • Recent graduates of Cornell University (students having graduated within the last two years)
    • of the above mentioned eligible departments, or
    • having resided in the Cornell Branch of Telluride Association within the last two years 


Application Deadline
Cornell University students should submit their application materials by 5 PM EST on February 25, 2014.    This is not a postmark deadline.  Please see the application form for details.

Central European University students should submit their application materials by 5 PM EST on January 25, 2014.   This is not a postmark deadline.  Please see the application form for details.

Terms of Scholarship
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, 2015, whichever comes first.

CU to CEU: The selected scholar will be registered as a full-time student in good standing at the Central European University (CEU is a graduate school and most of its courses are seminars) for the fall term of the 2014-15 academic year, and will be provided with a modest living stipend for the duration of the exchange. If the selected scholar is not a member of CBTA, (s)he is expected to engage with CBTA upon returning to Ithaca. This may happen in the form of giving a speech (Pubspeak) at CBTA or in a more informal capacity. The selected scholar may attend the annual Telluride Association Convention after the exchange. (Convention 2015 will be held in Ann Arbor, MI, in mid-June.) The selected 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 one's exchange.

More detailed terms of scholarship are available upon request.

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Miller-Sidgwick International Exchange Scholarship:
The University of Michigan and the University of Cape Town


The Miller-Sidgwick International Exchange Scholarships are awarded to exceptional students in support of Telluride Association’s mission of promoting intellectual inquiry and democratic self-government.  The scholarship will be awarded in the 2014-2015 academic year, one for a University of Michigan student and one for a University of Cape Town post-graduate student.

Scholarships cover one year of non-degree study for UCT students coming to UM, and the fall term (July – November) for the UM student studying at UCT, in addition to room and board, health insurance, travel to and from the exchange country, an allowance for books, and a living stipend. The Miller-Sidgwick 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.

Eligibility for scholarship

  • Current post-graduate students at the University of Cape Town.
  • Current University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) students.  Please note that only non-graduating students are eligible to apply for this scholarship (exception for current MBTA members only).

Application Deadline

University of Michigan students should submit their application materials by 5 PM EST on February 7, 2014.   This is not a postmark deadline.  Please see the application form for details.     

University of Cape Town students should submit their application materials by 5PM EST on November 15, 2013. This is not a postmark deadline. Please see the application form for details. 

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, 2015, whichever comes first..

UM to UCT: The University of Michigan scholar will be required to participate in a community service project during the exchange semester, and will be provided with a modest living stipend for the duration of the exchange. Scholars may attend the annual Telluride Association Convention after the exchange. (Convention 2015 will be held in Ann Arbor, MI, in mid-June.)  The selected 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. If the selected scholar is not a member of MBTA, she or he is expected to engage with MBTA upon returning to Michigan. This may happen in the form of giving a speech (Pubspeak) at MBTA or in a more informal capacity.

More detailed terms of scholarship are available upon request.

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Applications

Mansfield-Wefald Application

Yarrow Application

Miller-Sidgwick International Exchange Scholarship Application (for UCT Students) 

Miller-Sidgwick International Exchange Scholarship Application (for UM students)

Reese Miller International Exchange Scholarship Application (for Cornell 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 (telluride@tellurideassociation.org) as well as by USPS. All Miller-Sidgwick and Reese Miller applications should be forwarded to exchange@tellurideassociation.org via e-mail only, per application instructions.

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