The Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table (RVCWRT) provides a $1,500 scholarship to a National Park Service (NPS) intern serving at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. Under the provisions of this scholarship program, an NPS intern is defined as any individual who is, or will be, an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university during Fall Semester 2021; who has served at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park (with service between May 2020 and August 2021) and who has completed a minimum of 350 hours of service to the park in good standing. An application may be submitted before the service requirement is completed, although any scholarship will not be awarded until the 350 hour standard is met.
Due to the extraordinary circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, these guidelines are subject to review and change.
All intern scholarship applicants should:
Complete the RVCWRT NPS Intern Scholarship Application available at the “Resources” tab on our website at www.rappvalleycivilwar.org. This form may be submitted online via our website or mailed to address below.
Submit a complete RVCWRT NPS Intern Scholarship packet, consisting of the following items:
RVCWRT NPS Intern Scholarship Application
A copy of the applicant’s high school/college/university grade transcript(s), to include the latest semester of the academic year, along with an associated grade point average.
Two letters of recommendation: One academic (from teacher or faculty advisor); one personal (from an individual not related to the applicant).
Applicant’s scholarship essay. Prepare an essay of approximately 1,500 words on the following topic:
“Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park was established in 1927 with the mission of preserving the land and stories of the people and events associated with the Civil War battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Spotsylvania. Why is it important to remember this history and why is it critical for this particular park to be preserved for future generations?”
Applicants may submit items on-line to the following e-mail address: email@example.com. Required items do not have to be sent together, but all items must be submitted by the due date of August 15, 2021. Mailed documents must be postmarked no later than August 15, 2021 and sent to the following address:
Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table
NPS Intern Scholarship Committee
Post Office Box 7632
Fredericksburg VA 22404
Calendar of Relevant Dates (subject to change):
May 15, 2021: NPS Intern Scholarship information available on RVCWRT website www.rappvalleycivilwar.org.
August 15, 2021: Deadline for submitting all parts of the scholarship packet. Mailed items should be postmarked by this date.
August 19 – September 3, 2021: Interviews conducted with scholarship finalists. Interviews may be conducted virtually.
September 13, 2021: Formal announcement of scholarship winner.
All applicants will receive a postcard or email acknowledgement confirming receipt of their scholarship application packets.
Scholarship application packets will be evaluated by the Scholarship Committee using the following weighting criteria:
Scholarship Application: 10%
Academic Transcript(s): 20%
Letters of Recommendation: 20% (10% per letter)
In order to compensate for wide ranging levels of academic experience between scholarship applicants, a graduated weighting scale will be applied to all essays submitted. Using this scale, a factor of .20 will be applied to essays submitted by high school graduates, as well as college/university freshmen and sophomores. In the case of college/university juniors and seniors, a factor of .10 will be applied to essays submitted, while a factor of .0 will be applied to essays submitted by college/university graduate students.
Applicants not selected for award of the scholarship will be notified by email or letter.
Those scholarship applicants (up to three) whose application packets receive the highest cumulative scores will be asked to participate in a scholarship finalist interview.
Scholarship finalists will be notified by email or letter and are expected to participate in a 45 to 60 minute interview with the RVCWRT NPS Intern Scholarship Committee. Interviews may be conducted virtually.
The scholarship winner will be determined by the NPS Intern Scholarship Committee upon completion of the finalist interviews.
A scholarship award of $1,500 will be deposited to the account of the scholarship winner at the academic institution in which he/she is enrolled.
Any questions regarding the scholarship program should be directed to the NPS Intern Scholarship Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.