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 2022, the Association awarded up to twenty scholarships in the amount of up to $5,000 each to TASS alumni who were undertaking a program of post-secondary study during the 2022-23 academic year. Previous recipients of the TADAS scholarship were not eligible to apply. In addition, recipients of these scholarships were invited to participate in the 2022 Convention of Telluride Association.

This year’s application has not yet been released. The award recipients will be announced by the TADAS Committee in late May.

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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 2021-22 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 2021 winner of the prize was Harvard graduate Alice Zhang SP16 for their thesis entitled “Instead of Just Invisible: Transnational Impact on Expression and the Formation of Digital Public Spheres in First-Generation Chinese Immigrant Communities.”

Previous winners of the Mansfield-Wefald Prize.

This year’s application has not yet been released. The award recipient will be announced by the Awards Committee in June.


The Mike Yarrow Adventurous Education Award

Yarrow Award applications now open! Applications due 3/26/2023. Find the application form here.

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 2023 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.

See Past Yarrow Award Recipients for more information.

Applications for the 2023 Yarrow Award are closed. The award recipient will be announced by the Awards Committee in time for students to make their summer plans.