Robert E. Thunen Memorial Scholarships

Scholarship Amount

$2,500 USD

Application Deadline

April 01, 2017


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 a junior, senior or graduate student in an accredited four year college or university located in Northern California, Nevada, Oregon or Washington (the late Mr. Thunen's business territory).

Although all awards are at the discretion of the committee, it is expected that at least two $2500.00 grants will be made for each academic year.

Applicants may write to:
Thunen Scholarship Committee
IES San Francisco Section
Mary-Jane Lawless
1201 Park Ave Ste 100
Emeryville, CA 94608


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.

As this scholarship is intended to cover any and all fields of lighting (such as architectural, commercial, residential, airport, navigational, theatrical or television, agricultural, vision and so forth), it is suggested that applicants review the IES Lighting Handbook in order to comprehend fully the available fields of study.

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.

For questions, contact the Chairperson of the Thunen Fund Committee or the IES office.

Thunen Scholarship Fund
Mary-Jane Lawless
1201 Park Ave Ste 100
Emeryville, CA 94608
Phone (510) 655-1200 ext 214
Fax (510) 655-1344

120 Wall Street
Floor 17
New York, NY 10005-4001
(212) 248-5000


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