Through the generosity of our donors, the American Battlefield Trust is pleased to offer eleven (11) full scholarships to attend the 2020 Annual Conference in Chantilly, Virginia on June 3 – June 7, 2020. There will be six (6) STUDENT scholarships. These are available to fulltime COLLEGE students who are majoring in history or secondary education studying and have an active interest in 18th or 19th century American history (1776-1877). In addition, there will be five (5) fulltime TEACHER scholarships available. Scholarships are available to current history and social studies teachers who are enthusiastic about teaching 18th or 19th century in their clasrooms.
These full conference scholarships include registration fees, travel expenses and hotel accommodations for the duration of the conference, as well as meals.
Please Note: The Annual Conference scholarship differs from the National Teacher Institute travel scholarship. These are two separate scholarship programs. If you are a teacher and want to attend the National Teacher Institute, please click here for more information.
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please review the following information about the program and apply by Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
Complete the on-line application. On the application, you will have the opportunity to upload your personal essay and one recommendation, or you can indicate that you will email at a later date.
If you cannot upload your essay or recommendation, make sure you email those items by March 31, 2020. Your recommendation can be sent by the person endorsing you.
Once you submit your application, you will be contacted by a member of our Education Department for a short phone interview.
Scholarship recipients will be notified by Apriletl 15th and you will need to let us know by April 18th if you can accept the award.
January 31, 2020: Scholarship program opens.
March 31, 2020: Scholarship applications are no longer accepted after this date.
April 15, 2020: Scholarship recipients will be notified by email.
April 18, 2020: Scholarship recipients will accept/pass on the offer and submit travel sheet.
A list of available scholarships are listed below. Winners cannot be past recipients of a Trust Annual Conference scholarship.
To apply for a STUDENT Scholarship, you must be an undergraduate or graduate college student and have an interest in historic preservation and the American Civil War. Scholarships available:
Mike and Mary Abroe Scholarship (ONE full student scholarships):
Mary Abroe and her late husband Mike have been generous donors of the American Battlefield Trust. Mary is a long time Board Member of the American Battlefield Trust. She is very involved in the organization's many educational programs. Mary and Mike sponsor one student scholarship as well as contributing to the teacher scholarship program.
Dave and Jean Kreidler Scholarship (TWO full student scholarships):
Dave and Jean Kreidler are long time American Trust members and Color Bearers. They have attended conferences for many years. Through their attendance, they have seen first-hand the benefit of giving young people an opportunity to attend a conference they otherwise might not be able to afford. They are generously offering TWO full scholarships to students that have a passion for Civil War battlefield preservation. These full conference scholarships include registration fees, travel expenses and hotel accommodations for the duration of the conference.
Thomas Malone Memorial Scholarship (ONE full student scholarship):
Thomas Malone was a long-time member of the American Battlefield Trust. His daughter, Susan Malone Trainor, offers ONE full scholarship, in memory of her late father to continue his passion for Civil War history and battlefield preservation. This is a full conference scholarship and includes conference registration, travel expenses and hotel accommodations for the duration of the conference.
Patricia Kay Davies Scholarship (ONE full student scholarship):
The American Battlefield Trust has established the Patricia Kay Davies Scholarship in memory of Patricia Kay Davies, whose generous bequest has made her one of the top Civil War battlefield preservation philanthropists in the country. To honor Ms. Davies, this scholarship will benefit ONE female scholarship recipient to attend the annual conference. This is a full conference scholarship and includes conference registration, travel expenses and hotel accommodations for the duration of the conference.
Private Peter Long Miller Memorial Scholarship (ONE full student scholarship):
A letter from Peter Long Miller’s mother’s pension file ignited a passion for the study of the Civil War for long time American Battlefield Trust members, Ben and Nancy Crago. He died at the Battle of Spotsylvania and lies in an unmarked grave at Fredericksburg National Cemetery. In tribute to his sacrifice, this student scholarship is sponsored by the Cragos.
To apply for the TEACHER scholarship, you must be a full-time K-12 teacher that focuses on history, and specifically the American Civil War. The opportunity is presented to enrich a teacher with a deeper understanding of the Civil War and be able to take the passion back to the classroom to benefit their students. Scholarships available:
Mike and Mary Abroe Scholarship (TWO full teacher scholarships):
Mary Abroe and her late husband Mike have been generous donors of the American Battlefield Trust. Mary currently serves on the Alumni Board of Trustees and is very involved in the organization's many educational programs. Mary and Mike sponsor one teacher scholarship as well as contributing to the student scholarship program.
William Hupp (TWO full teacher scholarships):
Bill Hupp is currently serving on the Board of Trustees. Not only is he a generous donor, but he is an important part of the educational advancement of the American Battlefield Trust. Bill is sponsoring TWO full teacher scholarships. This includes conference registration, travel costs to the conference, and hotel accommodations for the duration of the conference.
John Dudzik (contributor):
John Dudzik is a long-time member and Color Bearer of the Civil War Trust. He also is a generous volunteer at the annual conference. John’s contribution to our scholarship program pays for one of the full conference registration and hotel accommodations for one teacher recipient.