"Parents of Lowell Ensel, Ellen H. Ensel and Fenwick Anderson, and the friends and family of Lowell Ensel established the Lowell Ensel Endowed Keystone Prize in October 2016 to provide an award for students in the Honors college based on their Keystone Project or academic achievement equivalent to the Keystone Project - a thesis or independent research or creative project. Recipients must demonstrate a passion for learning and creativity with a focus on the humanities or art, music, literature or film.
Lowell Ensel was passionate about social justice, film-making and friendship. His short films take a tolerant, if sometimes amused, look at the human condition and feature universally flawed characters without resorting to mere stereotypes. His sudden death at 20 in May 2015 from undetected testicular cancer that should have been treatable adds yet another layer of sadness to this tragic loss."