There are a number of scholarships available annually to student scholars and recent graduates in the fields of historic preservation or conservation or related fields in architecture, engineering, materials science, or allied trades.

2024 Scholarships: Deadline January 19, 2023

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2023 Scholarship Winners

APTNE is proud to announce Angela Fernandes, Cornell University, New York
as our 2023 Jill Verhosek Scholarship Fund Recipient

Understanding the impact of climate change on historic districts and the integral role of preservation in mitigation planning, Angela collaborated with the Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice to study climate resiliency strategies in disinvested neighborhoods throughout the state of New York. Through this experience and her academic coursework, Angela is experienced in a range of preservation tools for mapping and analysis that help develop targeted interventions to mitigate climate hazards, such as coastal flooding and heat surge. Her thesis aims to review existing regulations and guidelines related to climate adaptation and mitigation of historic districts, buildings and sites, within the context of preservation standards and principals, to propose context-driven policies that promote preservation as a critical climate mitigation tool. Angela’s passion for preservation and plan to make actionable change is an inspiration

APTNE is proud to announce James Churchill, Columbia University, New York

as our 2023 Melissa Morrissey Scholarship Fund Recipient

James stands out as a highly active, engaged and accomplished “non-traditional” student member of APTNE. In the years since receiving his bachelor’s degree, James worked in various preservation-related positions and became actively involved in several APT Chapters. In the past year, James presented at APTI’s Annual Conference in Detroit and organized a tour of the “Lucy the Elephant” restoration project for the APT Delaware Valley Chapter. Currently working towards his Masters in Architecture in New York, James brings his wide range of professional and academic experiences to the Northeast Chapter. By continuing to broaden his academic knowledge, professional experiences and preservation skillsets, he hopes to bring the multi-disciplinary preservation field closer together. James’ story emphasizes the importance of continuous learning and sharing professional experiences to propel the industry forward.


Available Scholarships

APTI Annual Symposium Grant

Overview: Each year, APTNE hosts student-member presenters at our Annual Symposium in February or March each year. At our annual symposium, a jury selects one student presenter based on merit of their presentation to attend APTI’s Annual Conference, which includes presentations from leaders in preservation and provides opportunities to engage in one-on-one networking with industry professionals from around the world.
Award: The grant provides reimbursement of costs for hotel, travel and other event-related expenses, up to $1,500.

Melissa Morrissey Scholarship Fund

Overview: The Melissa Morrissey Scholarship Fund was established in 2014 by APTNE to honor the memory of former board member Pat Morrissey’s daughter, Melissa Morrissey, whose professional contributions centered around advancing new technology and ideas. Melissa, like her father and many members of the APTNE community, believed in knowledge-sharing “lessons-learned” and uncovering leading edge ideas that best-serve the end client. Melissa demonstrated immense pride in making unexpected connections between decision makers and free thinkers to reach new and innovative solutions. The scholarship named in Melissa’s honor provides financial support for students who are interested in looking at preservation through a new, technological, or otherwise innovative lens. The scholarship is intended to help with student expenses relating to education, training, or continuing professional development.

Deadline: December 31, 2023

Jill Verhosek Scholarship Fund

Overview: The Jill Verhosek Scholarship Fund was established in May 2022 by APTNE to honor the memory of our former board member, Jill Verhosek. Jill’s lifelong love of travel reflected her insatiable curiosity for different cultures and places; it led her to explore the world, and its historic buildings, far and wide. She brought a worldwide curiosity and unwavering commitment to her work as a historic preservationist. For many in the APTNE community, Jill demonstrated an unmatched strength and determination to improve the preservation industry through purposeful events, initiatives, and outreach. The scholarship named in Jill’s honor provides financial support for students who are actively advocating and/or promoting curiosity, engagement, and excellence in the field of preservation. The scholarship is intended to help with student expenses relating to education, training, or continuing professional development.

Deadline: December 31, 2023


How to Apply

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a student enrolled full-time in a high school, college, or graduate program either demonstrating an inclination towards or enrolled in academic fields related to historic preservation or conservation trades in New York, Southern New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont or Maine; or be a recent graduate (within the last two years) from one of these programs.
  • Be a current APTNE member.  Go to our Membership Page for more information.
  • Have attended at least one APTNE event in the last six months.
  • Special consideration will be given to students actively working towards specializing in fields relating to preservation technology, and to students who demonstrate activities/interests related to one of the above scholarship descriptions.

APTNE reviews applications for geographical and institutional distribution. Past recipients cannot be awarded for two consecutive years.


Applicant should fill out the standard application form, including up to 250 words describing a personally impactful preservation event, idea, or experience (required), future plans related to the field of preservation (required), intended use for the scholarship funds (required), and include a letter of recommendation (required). 


2024 Scholarships: Deadline January 19, 2023

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When to Apply

Applications open in March and will be reviewed annually at the end of January for consideration.  To be eligible for consideration during the current cycle, please submit applications no later than December 31, 2023. Applications submitted after this date will be considered for the following cycle.

Applicants will be notified of the APTNE Student Scholarship Committee’s decision within one month of application deadline.


For more information about APTNE Grants and Student Scholarships, please contact [email protected].


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