Preservation Scholars Program

Apply To Be a Preservation Scholar

Applications for the 2024 Preservation Scholars Program are now closed.

Please check back for future program information.

Program Eligibility

If you’re interested in learning how you can apply your degree to historic preservation, the Preservation Scholars Program could be for you! It doesn’t matter if you study history, graphic design, economics, community and regional planning, or accounting.

This program is for you if you:

  • Are a student from an underrepresented ethnic or cultural community; and
  • Attend a college in Texas or are a Texas resident attending school out of state OR are a college senior or recent graduate who has been accepted into a graduate program. (Proof of application or acceptance to a graduate program will be required.); and
  • Will have completed 50 or more credit hours upon starting the internship; and
  • Have a grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 system or a comparable GPA; and
  • Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; and
  • Have not been a Preservation Scholar before.

Program Requirements

Program completion includes the following:

  • A 10-week internship with the Texas Historical Commission.
  • A project of your choosing.
  • Working at the Austin headquarters and in the field at historic sites (Select projects may allow remote participation.)
  • Weekly “Brown Bag Presentations” with outside preservation organizations.
  • Brief progress reports throughout the internship and upon conclusion.
  • A final presentation to our Board of Trustees.
  • This internship offers a $6,000 stipend.

Virtual Information Sessions

Virtual information sessions for our 2024 application cycle will be held on the following dates. Please join us to learn more about the program, hear from former program participants, and ask questions about applying.

Virtual Information Session 1: December 5, 2:00-3:00pm Central – CLOSED

Virtual Information Session 2: January 9, 2024, 12:30-1:30pm Central – CLOSED

Virtual Information Session 3: February 9, 2024 12:00-1:00pm Central – CLOSED

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