Elsa L. Haller (1886-1973) received the Ph.D. in Philosophy from Michigan in 1958, at the age of 72, writing a dissertation on Karl Jaspers. She had received the B.A. from Michigan in 1908 and the M.A. in Philosophy in 1922. She published a monograph on Heidegger in 1970. 

The Haller Scholarship Endowment is used for Haller Prizes, awarded for outstanding overall performance in upper-level Philosophy courses (with the exception of PHIL 413 and PHIL 414) and - occasionally - for essays of exceptional merit written for these courses.