paf-advocacy-scholars-logoThe Advocacy Scholars Program is a program of the Preservation Action Foundation. It recognizes the importance of training the next generation of preservation advocates. And, students selected as Advocacy Scholars are an important new part of the collective grassroots voice.

Each fall, Preservation Action Foundation opens the call for papers and we welcome inspiring, thoughtful discussion on topics that are important to historic preservation.

The application process for 2016 Advocacy Scholars is now closed. Details for the 2017 Advocacy Scholars program will released Fall, 2016. Congratulations to our 2016 Scholars!

To be considered for the program, undergraduate and graduate students submit a well-researched essay on preservation policies or advocacy topics for the foundation’s annual call for papers. Advocacy Scholars receive a stipend to travel to Washington, DC and participate in Preservation Action advocacy during the National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week and represent their home or school state.

preservation-action-june-fundraiserThese Scholars are invited guests of Preservation Action Foundation at the Preservation’s Best Congressional reception and will participate in briefings and policy discussions that will help shape federal support for America’s historic preservation programs. Scholars will have the opportunity to meet with Members of Congress from their district and present their research. Preservation Action members will mentor each Scholar. Scholars are encouraged to continue advocacy and engagement in historic preservation policy issues at the local and state level.

For more information contact Trisha Logan or Preservation Action staff at 202-463-0970 or

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Meet the 2016 Advocacy Scholars

Nick Emenhiser, The Ohio State University
The Next Generation of Historic Preservation

Nick 2016 adv scholar-cropNick Emenhiser is a second-year student in the Master of City and Regional Planning program at The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture, specializing in the community development concentration. After finishing his BA, a dual-major in political science and geography at Oklahoma State University, he interned with CEOs for Cities in Cleveland. After that, he worked for a Northeast Ohio housing developer, and completed a year of AmeriCorps service for the Cleveland Restoration Society. His AmeriCorps project was the 2014 “Historic Preservation in America’s Legacy Cities” conference, which has continued to frame his research interests in historic preservation, community development, transit-oriented development, and any other tools that show promise for the disinvested inner cities throughout the Midwest.

Heather King, Arizona State University
Historic Preservation: Leadership and Advocacy for the Next Generation

Heather 2016 Adv Scholar-cropHeather is a current graduate student in the Master of History program at Arizona State University concentrating in Public History, and will graduate in December of 2016.  She is passionate about urban history, cultural heritage, and the concept of identity, specifically through exploring sense of place.  She plans to further research place concepts and advocate for Historic Preservation through academia.  Outside of her Masters program, Heather works as Assistant Curator at her hometown’s local history museum where she actively contributes to the preservation of a 130 year old chapel.