Diversity Scholarship Program

Diversity Scholarship Program

The Diversity Scholarship Program (DSP) supports the attendance of leaders from underrepresented communities new to preservation and of emerging preservation professionals at the National Trust's annual conference, PastForward. DSP participants receive financial assistance in the form of complimentary registration and lodging at PastForward. Through DSP, more than 2,100 individuals have helped to increase the diversity—racial, ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic—of professionals in preservation, contributing a wide range of perspectives to the conference and enriching the preservation movement.

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The Mildred Colony Diversity Scholarship program provides financial assistance and experiential learning opportunities to individuals preparing for careers in historic preservation. 


Preservation & Inclusion

Today’s preservation movement recognizes the need for more complete, inclusive representation of communities across the nation, which are increasingly socio-economically, racially, ethnically, culturally, and generationally diverse. Preservation efforts must prioritize inclusion in order to tell an accurate and comprehensive story—and to remain relevant.


2017 Diversity Scholarship Program

The application deadline has passed for the 2017 Diversity Scholarship Program. We are no longer accepting applications. Decision notifications will be sent throughout the summer. Stay tuned for announcements about the 2017 program participants. 

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2016 Diversity Scholars

Credit: David Keith

The Diversity Scholarship Program is partially supported through a cooperative agreement between the US Department of the Interior, National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Views and conclusions in this material are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the US Government. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the US Government.