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.

2021 Scholarship Winners

Anagha Jatin Naik, Pratt Institute, New York
2021 Melissa Morrissey Scholarship Fund Recipient

Anagha stands out as an especially gifted emerging professional in Historic Preservation, whether it be through her exemplary coursework, insightful curiosity, or ability to synthesize and communicate complex ideas about architecture and cultural heritage. To examine the relationship between preservation, planning and placemaking in an urban Indian landscape, she traveled to the historic city of Banaras and discovered that the landscape is defined by an intense duality: the static city (built with permanent materials) and the kinetic city or “city in motion” (built with temporary materials). Anagha’s graduate research questions the application of traditional preservation practices in a cultural landscape where the kinetic city predominates over the static city. Anagha clearly has a promising future as a preservation architect and is currently pursuing her career with Superstructures in New York. 

Marissa GibbsUniversity of Vermont, Vermont

2021 APTNE Scholarship Recipient

Marissa decided to pursue her curiosity and passion for preservation while attending the 2020 APTNE Annual Symposium on Adaptive Reuse. Marissa’s creativity, intelligence and level of inquiry in her preservation coursework is evident and enlightening, and her talent for photographic documentation has the eye-catching edge of professional work. Her unique academic background in Animal Sciences (prior to enrolling in the University of Vermont’s Preservation Program) offers a fresh perspective and reminds us all that there is more than one path to finding your passion for preservation

Available Scholarships

APTI Annual Symposium Grant

Overview: Each year, APTNE hosts student-member presenters at our Annual Symposium in early February. 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.
Event: 2021 APTI Symposium, held in Washington DC in October 29 - November 2

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. The scholarship is to provide financial support to help defer expenses relating to education, training, or continuing professional development. 

Deadline: December 31, 2021

APTNE Scholarship

Overview: APTNE provides a second memorial scholarship, to be named later.  The scholarship is to provide financial support to help defer expenses relating to education, training, or continuing professional development. 

Deadline: December 31, 2021


How to Apply

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 the above listed programs.
  • Applicants must be current APTNE members.  Go to our Membership Page for more information.
  • Applicants shall 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.

APTNE reviews applications for geographical and institutional distribution.

Past recipients cannot be awarded for two consecutive years.


Applicant to fill our application form, including up to 250 words about how you would use the scholarship (required) and include a letter of recommendation (required). 

Apply for a Student Scholarship

When to Apply

We are currently accepting scholarship applications for the "Melissa Morrissey Scholarship Fund" and "APTNE Scholarship", and encourage any student or young professional interested in historic preservation to apply.  The time to apply is now!  Applications 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, 2021. 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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