Diversity Scholarship Program

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Since 1992, the National Trust’s Diversity Scholarship Program (DSP) has supported the attendance of community leaders new to preservation and emerging preservation professionals at the National Preservation Conference. DSP participants receive financial assistance in the form of complimentary registration and lodging to attend the conference. In addition to the full conference program of education and field sessions, special events, and workshops, scholarship recipients are provided a special orientation, an opening session, a mentor program, and exclusive opportunities to present at the general sessions and power sessions. 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 incorporating a wide range of perspectives in the National Preservation Conference programming and in the field.

DSP applications to attend the 2015 PastForward in Washington, DC will be available in February 2015.    

Questions? Please contact the Diversity Scholarship Program at scholarship@savingplaces.org

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.