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 2016 PastForward Diversity Scholarship Program. The submission deadline was May 5. Decision notifications will be sent to applicants on or before July 1. 

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 »

Connections E-newsletter 

COMING SOON! The new Connections, a newsletter featuring the latest news and information about diversity in historic preservation, will relaunch in Fall 2016. Keep checking back for updates. See below for past issues.    

Stay in the Loop

Subscribe to the DSP listserv to share information and discuss preservation issues with current and past program participants.  All listserv subscribers must be a current participant or alum of DSP (formerly known as the Cultural Diversity Program (CDP) and Emerging Preservation Leaders Scholarship Program (EPL). Subscribe now.

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.