Turning Diversity into Reality
Trust scholarships benefit individuals and communities
By Magazine Editors | From Preservation | May/June 2009
Talk about making a difference! Since 1992, the National Trust's Diversity Scholarship Program has enabled more than 1,100 individuals from varied racial, ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds to attend the National Preservation Conference. The program aims to boost the diversity of participation at the meeting and in the preservation movement in general. Every year, scores of scholars—selected because of their commitment to historic preservation and their accomplishments as community leaders—participate with 2,000 active preservationists at the conference. Each scholar receives a stipend to cover registration and shared lodging.
Diversity Program Scholars attending this year's conference in Nashville (Oct. 13-17) will acquire the tools necessary to increase their effectiveness in revitalizing neighborhoods and preserving historic places. Their schedules will be filled with interactive sessions, presentations, informal gatherings as well as field sessions to examine preservation throughout the host city and surrounding areas. Scholars will also become part of an alumni network to support their networking opportunities and help enrich the movement at large.
If you are attending the Nashville conference and would like to mentor a Diversity Scholar, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Online applications for the Diversity Scholarship Program are available at PreservationNation.org/dsp.
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