The Hsiao Shaw-Lundquist Fellowship provides financial support to a full-time University of Minnesota graduate student studying civil engineering, hydro-mechanics, water resources, and/or architecture. Awards are typically between $2,000 to $7,500.


  • Applicant must be a full-time graduate student on the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota, with preference given to those enrolled in civil engineering, hydro-mechanics, water resources, and/or architecture
  • Applicant must be in good academic standing, with at least a 3.0 GPA, and show potential in their field
  • Applicant must have a strong connection to or demonstrated interest in China and Chinese culture


The Hsiao Shaw-Lundquist Fellowship was established in 2005 by Shaw-Lundquist Associates, Inc., and Jennie and Fred Hsiao, recognized leaders in the Chinese-American community in Minnesota. Fred Hsiao, who was born in Shaanxi Province in China, went to the United States in 1945 to pursue an advanced degree in engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After earning a master of engineering, he enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota. He left the University in 1949 to work fulltime for the Orville E. Madsen construction company, eventually becoming vice president, using the name of Fred Shaw for his business dealings.  Jennie Hsiao, an active and energetic leader and volunteer in the Twin Cities Chinese-American community, was born in Hunan Province in China.  Fred and Jennie were married in Minneapolis in 1958. In 1974, Fred Hsiao and Lyle Lundquist formed Shaw-Lundquist Associates, Inc, which by 2003 was recognized as the largest minority-owned construction business in the Midwest. In 2004 Fred was inducted into the National Association of Minority Contractors Hall of Fame. In 2005, Shaw-Lundquist Associates, Inc. was the first-ever recipient of the MEDA entrepreneurial Hall of Fame award. Fred passed away in 2010, and Jennie continues to be an active supporter of the China Center and the Hsiao Shaw-Lundquist Fellowship recipients.