Robert W. Thunen Memorial Scholarship

Applications for the Thunen Memorial Scholarship may be submitted by full-time students who desire to study illumination as a career.  Applications for the Thunen Memorial Scholarship may be made by those who will be an undergraduate junior, senior or graduate student (Fall semester only) in an accredited four year college or university located in Northern California, Nevada, Oregon or Washington (the late Mr. Thunen’s business territory). Graduate applicants must be undertaking a lighting-centered project as part of work towards a graduate degree.

Award amount

Minimum Award: $1,000.00
Average Award: $2,500.00
Maximum Award: $5,000.00

Deadline Details

April 1st

Study Areas

architecture, electrical engineering, interior design, lighting, lighting application, lighting design, theatre

As this scholarship is intended to cover any and all fields of lighting, it is suggested that applicants review the IES Lighting Handbook in order to comprehend fully the available fields of study.

Submission Requirements

In addition to an application, applicants shall submit a Statement of Purpose with respect to the applicant’s lighting education and arrange for at least three letters of recommendation, at least one of which shall be from someone involved with lighting professionally or academically.

Applications and letters of recommendation should be submitted before April 1 of each year. It is expected that the selected Thunen Scholars for each year will be announced no later than mid-May of each year.

Renew Details

Reapplication and continuation in previously approved program is required to retain scholarship.

Download the Application: Thunen Scholarship Fund Application

Sponsor information

Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

IES San Francisco Section
c/o Mary Jane Lawless
1201 Park Avenue #100
Emeryville, CA 94608

Contact information

Mary Jane Lawless
Chairman of Thunen Fund

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