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Robert W. Thunen Memorial Scholarship

Offered by Illuminating Engineering Society of North America-San Francisco Section

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Nov 6, 2023
Multiple awards worth

$1,000 - $5,000

Grade level

College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students

Application deadline:

April 1, 2024

Scholarship Overview

The Robert W. Thunen Memorial Scholarship annually awards between $1,000 and $5,000 to college upperclassmen and graduate students who are attending a university in Northern California, Nevada, Oregon, or Washington, and desire to pursue illumination as a career. Graduate applicants must be undertaking a lighting-centered project as part of work towards a graduate degree. To apply, interested students must submit a Statement of Purpose with respect to their 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.

If you’re a college upperclassman or graduate student in Northern California, Nevada, Oregon, or Washington, and desire to pursue illumination as a career, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.

About Illuminating Engineering Society of North America-San Francisco Section

The San Francisco Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) is the primary Bay Area organization providing educational programs and events for professional development and networking focused on lighting for the built environment. We seek to bring a broader understanding of best practices, technology, and design in lighting to designers, specifiers, architects, engineers, owners and builders.

Eligibility information

This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

Grade Level

College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students

Academic Interest

Architecture, Electrical Engineering, Interior Design


California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, submit the below application materials before the deadline.


Letter of Recommendation

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Scholarship FAQ

Is this scholarship designated for full-time or part-time students?

This scholarship is designated for full-time enrollment status only.

Is this scholarship restricted by institution type?

Yes, this scholarship is restricted for use at four-year colleges.

When will the winner of this scholarship be announced?

The Robert W. Thunen Memorial Scholarship winner will be announced: May 15, 2024.

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Illuminating Engineering Society of North America-San Francisco Section at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

Yes, the Robert W. Thunen Memorial Scholarship is renewable.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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