Diversity Scholarship Program

Diversity Scholarship Program

The Diversity Scholarship Program 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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Now Accepting Applications for the 2021 Diversity Scholarship Program

The Diversity Scholarship Program introduces new preservation leaders to the historic preservation community at the annual PastForward conference, hosted each year by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The primary objective of this program is to support conference participation reflecting the diverse nature of America.

The Diversity Scholarship Program honors diversity by providing scholarship opportunities to historically underrepresented groups in the historic preservation profession and in its leadership positions, including ethnicity, race, gender and gender identification, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background. Those who identify with one or more of these groups are eligible for the Diversity Scholarship. Diverse preservation professionals, students, and/or volunteers are all encouraged to apply.

All diversity scholars and the first 50 mentors will receive complimentary registration for PastForward Online, November 3rd - 5th, 2021. Selected scholars and mentors will receive information about their acceptance, mentor/scholar-cohort pairings, and how to register for the conference no later than Friday, September 3rd, 2021.

Other Scholarships

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.


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