Elsa L. Haller 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. Dr. Haller passed away in 1973. The Haller Scholarship was established in 1974 to provide financial support for students in Philosophy. Since 1996-97, the Endowment has been committed to Haller Prizes, awarded periodically for essays of exceptional merit written in conjunction with intermediate and advanced courses in Philosophy.
Elsa L. Haller Prizes are awarded periodically for outstanding overall performance in upper-level Philosophy courses and for essays of exceptional merit written for these courses. More than fifteen Haller Prizes have been awarded since the first competition in 1996-97. The Prizes are supported by the Haller Scholarship Endowment.