2020 Application Form and Instructions
Please read the following instructions and application information carefully.
The online application, two letters of reference, and unofficial transcripts must be submitted online by 11:59PM March 27, 2020 for your application to be considered. An official, mailed transcript will be required if selected for an interview. If selected, in-person or online interviews will be held in April.
1. Review Texas Historical Commission division fact sheets (links below).
2. Review list of Preservation Scholar Projects available in 2020. View project list here.
3. Submit online application. The application form must be completed all at once, and will require you attach unofficial transcripts. Please note that the webpage will not save your progress if you leave the page. You can download the application questions here for review and completion in Microsoft Word, but responses must then be submitted via the form below.
4. Once the online application is submitted, share THIS FORM with your referees to submit TWO letters of reference online. Referees may be contacted as needed.
Please contact us with any questions about the application process or forms.
The Preservation Scholars Program seeks to introduce students to the broad range of skills and professions applicable within the field of historic preservation. The Texas Historical Commission is comprised of six divisions. The fact sheets linked below provide information about the responsibilities of each division:
- The Archeology Division works to identify, protect, and preserve Texas' irreplaceable archeological heritage.
- The Architecture Division is dedicated to protecting Texas' diverse architectural heritage.
- The Community Heritage Development Division acts in partnership with communities and regions to revitalize historic areas, stimulate tourism and encourage economic development through the use of preservation strategies.
- The Historic Sites Division is responsible for operating the agency's 22 historic properties throughout the state. These sites tell the real stories of Texas history in authentic settings. Headquarter's staff members provide assistance to field staff in architecture, archeology, collections management, interpretation, and marketing.
- The History Programs Division provides preservation assistance to local governments, state and federal agencies, the state's 254 county historical commissions, museums, nonprofit preservation organizations, volutneers, students, educators, and the general public.
- The Communications Division (Public Information & Education Department) promotes the agency's programs and projects and develops outreach strategies to increase awareness of the agency's mission and purpose.
- The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission is the non-profit partner to the agency and raises philanthropic support for the THC's projects and programs