Frank and Julie Tsai are both graduates of the University of Minnesota. Dr. Tsai earned an M.S. in 1960 and a Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1968. Julie Tsai received her Master's degree in library science from the University of Minnesota in 1964.
After years of supporting St. Anthony Falls Laboratory through annual gifts, the Tsais decided in 2000 to leave a lasting legacy to express their appreciation for their University experience. They chose to do this through a testamentary bequest and a pledge of an outright gift to establish the endowed fund that supports the Tsai Travel Award.