PastForward Diversity Scholarship Program

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The Diversity Scholarship Program (DSP) supports attendance of community leaders new to preservation and emerging preservation professionals to the annual PastForward, National Preservation Conference. DSP participants receive financial assistance in the form of complimentary registration and lodging to attend PastForward. To date, over 2,100 individuals from diverse socio-economic, racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds have participated in the program and have helped enrich the overall preservation movement by contributing a wide range of perspectives at the conference and in the field.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2015 Diversity Scholarship Program at PastForward. All scholarships have been awarded. The 2016 PastForward application will be available online early next year.

Profiles of DSP Participants

 Jaime VelaJaime Geronimo Vela (DSP 2010) of the Lipan Apache Tribe is a Ph.D. Economic Development candidate at New Mexico State University. His research and career aspirations focus on preserving Native American culture and its history. Watch a video of Jaime's latest project. Learn more »

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My Journey on the Promise Road

Gwen Trice (DSP ’09) founded the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center in 2008 and serves as the executive director. She volunteers her time toward building connections in the community through lectures and presentations on oral heritage and historical structure preservation in her community’s rural landscape. She believes digital media plays a strong role in capturing and preserving this vital history.

Her documentary “My Journey on the Promise Road” pays tribute to the African-American men who worked in the logging community of Maxville, Oregon.