Category Archives: Scholarships

30 Seconds Earns Two Design Students $1,000 Scholarships

College of Design students Joel Valdez and Nathan Wong were among dozens of students who participated in the University's Driven to Discover video contest this December. On Monday, the University announced the names of 16 students whose videos received the most "likes" on the official University Facebook page. Valdez's 13th place and Wong's 14th place earned both students $1,000 in scholarship assistance. "I'd like to thank the U of M for giving me the opportunity to apply for this scholarship," says Wong. "The application process was an enjoyable one. I'd like to thank everyone that has helped me with the continuation of my education." The video contest is a facet of the university's "Driven to Discover" marketing campaign, which…

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Win a $5,000 Scholarship for 30 Seconds of Work

As part of the current Driven to Discover student campaign, the University is hosting a student video contest with 16 total scholarship awards – a $30,000 grand total – up for grabs. All students have to do is make a video, no more than 30 seconds long, that's original, artful, unboring, and that answers the question: What are you driven to discover? The videos will be posted to the University's official Facebook page, and winners will be chosen based on "Likes." The top 16 most liked videos that inspire the biggest thumbs up will receive scholarships. This contest is only open to undergraduates on the Twin Cities campus. The 16 scholarships will be awarded in the following amounts: two…

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Tawana Terrell Named First Recipient of Holly Christina Stahl Memorial Scholarship

Tawana Terrell, a second-year interior design major, has been named the first recipient of the Holly Christina Stahl Memorial Scholarship. Tawana and Holly’s parents, Kari and John Stahl, had the opportunity to meet and have lunch recently on the St. Paul campus. On December 21, 2010, first-year interior design student Holly Stahl tragically passed away in a car accident outside of Madison, WI, as she was traveling back home for the holidays. Holly’s family set up the Holly Christina Stahl Foundation in her honor, and this scholarship is one of many initiatives they have undertaken as a tribute to Holly’s “Love Life” attitude. Tawana is a non-traditional student, having two children of her own; one, a senior in high school,…

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Tupy receives Rotary International travel scholarship

Laura Tupy (MArch, 2010) has received a travel scholarship through Rotary International to study architecture and culture in Brazil for the month of June 2011. Tupy will participate in Rotary’s Group Study Exchange program which provides team members the opportunity to experience the way of life, customs, and vocational practices of another country, while sharing information about their home country.

Rotary District 5950 Announces Exchange Team to Brazil” by Barbara Devlin, Rotary 5950 News

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Carlson receives Larsen Design Scholarship in AIGA MN's Portfolio 1-on-1

Kate Carlson (Graphic Design) has received the 2011 Larsen Design Scholarship through AIGA Minnesota’s Portfolio 1-on-1. Thirty four students from twelve different schools submitted their portfolios for the Larsen Design Scholarship as well as the AIGA Minnesota Scholarship. Examples of Carlson’s design work can be viewed on her website at

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TKDA establishes architecture scholarship

Saint Paul-based architecture and engineering firm TKDA has established an endowment fund for scholarships for engineering and architecture students. Katherine Lymn, writing for the Minnesota Daily reports that “matched through the University’s President’s Scholarship Match program, the scholarship will provide one student $2,500 a year and will alternate between architecture students in the College of Design and engineering students in the Institute of Technology.”

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Metropolitan Design Center announces 2010 undergraduate travel scholarship recipients

The Metropolitan Design Center (MDC) has announced the recipients of the MDC 2010 undergraduate travel scholarships. These students will travel this summer and conduct independent study on topics related to metropolitan design.

  • Michael Nickerson, “Political Discourse in Ecuador’s Public Space”
  • Zhongtian Yuan, “Suburbanization in China”
  • Emily Zeug-Robertson, “Affordable Housing in Stockholm”
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Hanson and Jacobson awarded Fulbright Scholarships

Two members of the University of Minnesota’s College of Design community — Woody Hanson (Architecture undergraduate) and Rolf Jacobson (CSBR) — have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships.

Hanson will spend the next academic year in Cyprus working on a research project studying the history of architecture and urban planning in Nicosia, Europe’s last divided capital. He will be hosted and supported by the Cyprus Institute. In the summer of 2009, Hanson received a Metropolitan Design Center (MDC) scholarship for his self-directed research project, “Building a Bi-Communal Bridge: Nicosia, Cyprus.” His summer research was also supported by an Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) scholarship.

Fulbright scholar Woody Hanson drawing in Cyprus
Fulbright scholar Woody Hanson drawing in Cyprus.

Jacobson will spend the next academic year at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. Jacobson will study at the Research Center for Zero Emissions Buildings where he will continue his research on cold climate exterior wall systems including systems currently in use or under development in Scandinavia.

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