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

TASS Alumni Development and Support (TADAS) Scholarship

The 2020 Telluride Association Convention established the TASS Alumni Development and Support (TADAS) Scholarship in honor of the former Telluride Administrative Director Ellen Baer’s twenty years of service to the Telluride Association and commitment to TASS participants. The purpose of this scholarship is to offer targeted support to alumni of our TASS program beyond high school and throughout their higher educational endeavors. The TADAS scholarship is part of our broader commitment to combating educational inequity, through providing resources otherwise inaccessible or unaffordable to some of our alumni. 

In 2021, the Association will award up to twenty scholarships in the amount of up to $5,000 each to TASS alumni who are undertaking a program of post-secondary study during the 2021-22 academic year. In addition, recipients of these scholarships will be invited to participate in the 2021 Convention at Telluride Association’s expense.

The deadline for the application ( for the 2021 TADAS Scholarship is March 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST. The award recipients will be announced by the TADAS Committee in April.

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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 $1,000 will be awarded by a committee of Association members for the best scholarly thesis written by a Telluride associate who will have completed their final year of undergraduate education in the 2020-21 academic year. The committee may choose to split the prize equally among multiple associates in the event that the committee judges that multiple theses merit the prize. The 2020 winner of the prize was Swarthmore graduate Emma Morgan-Bennett SP15 for her thesis entitled “Revolutionary Mamas: Radical Doulas and the Black Maternal Mortality Crisis.” 

Previous winners of the Mansfield-Wefald Prize.

Please click for the 2021 application, which is due at 5 PM eastern on May 7th, 2021. The award recipient will be announced by the Awards Committee in June.


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 associates to pursue summer educational projects that reflect his spirit.

The award, of up to $4,500, 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 2021 calendar year and over the age of 18 by the time of travel. They must have a demonstrated commitment to Telluride Association and a clear need for summer earnings. Within one month of their return, the successful applicant must summarize their 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 2020, the Yarrow Award for Adventurous Education supported the work of James Munene (MB16) who is working to facilitate the training of farm managers from various children’s homes in Meru, Kenya to equip them with the relevant knowledge and skills to turn their farms into social enterprises.  See Past Yarrow Award Recipients below for more information.

Past Yarrow Award Recipients

The deadline for the application for the 2021 Yarrow Award is March 19, 2021 at 4 pm. The award recipient is announced by the Awards Committee in time for students to make their summer plans.