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.


Now Accepting Applications

The criteria and application information for the 2019 Diversity Scholarship Program is below. Deadline is May 15, 2019

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Now Accepting Applications for the 2019 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. The program aims to help 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 overall. Deadline is May 15, 2019.

Eligibility requirements:

You must be a current preservation professional, volunteer, or student. If more than one of these categories applies to you, please indicate that in your application. We recognize that preservation takes many forms; if you do not feel that these categories fully represent your work, let us know in your personal essay.

You must be able to attend the entire PastForward 2019 conference, October 10–12 in Denver. 

You can apply for and participate in the DSP more than once. Those who have not participated before will have first consideration. 

There is no age requirement for this program.

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The Diversity Scholarship Program is partially supported through a cooperative agreement between the US Department of the Interior 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.