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Scholarships and Grants

Please Note: All scholarships are subject to approval and availability of funds.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

The NEH has generously supported the Campbell Center’s Collections Care Program for many years.  Through NEH we are able to offer scholarships to qualified individuals who wish to enroll in a Collections Care course. 

Due to reduced support from NEH, the 2014 scholarship amount will be $200-$300

Generally, one NEH scholarship is awarded per applicant per year.  Those enrolled in the certificate program may be eligible to receive two NEH scholarships per year.

Those who receive an NEH scholarship are required to provide a letter of support from their supervisor. The support letter must be received by the beginning of the funded course.  The letter of support should contain the following information:
1.) Explain the relevance of the training to the organization’s needs.
2.) Explain how will the training be used to improve the organization’s collections care.
3) Explain the long-term commitment level of the organization to continue implementing the collections care strategies learned in The Campbell Center course.

Recipients must also agree to complete a written evaluation form at the end of the course.

Friends of The Campbell Center Scholarship

Temporarily Unavailable (these scholarships rely on membership donations)

Members of Friends of the Campbell Center who have maintained a membership for two or more years consecutively may be eligible for a Friends Scholarship.  These scholarships support any Campbell Center course. 

Contact the Program Director for more information on these scholarships.

Pomerantz Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by an endowment established by the Louis Pomerantz Institute.  Conservators in private practice are eligible to apply for this $200.00 scholarship. Applicants must provide a letter describing their practice and the relevance of the course to their professional work.


FAIC Scholarship   

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works will provide a limited number of  $300.00 scholarships for their members in good standing. Applicants may apply for these scholarships through The Campbell Center. Contact the Program Director for more information.

2014 scholarships pending

ICPC Scholarship

The Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium (ICPC) is offering $500 reimbursement scholarships to individuals wishing to attend a workshop at The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies in Mount Carroll, Illinois.  Those eligible to apply are Iowa residents or college students in Iowa working or who have worked in a museum, historical society, library, archive, genealogical society library, government record office, or other institution that preserves the history and culture of Iowa. An application can be downloaded and printed from:

ICPC Campbell Center scholarship application. 

Illinois Humanities Council Technical Assistance Grant

The Illinois Humanities Council offers $500 technical assistance grants which may be used toward Campbell Center workshops that are taken to help with projects at their institution.  Applications must come from Illinois non-profit organizations (not individuals) with operating budgets of less than $250,000. Most Campbell Center courses may qualify for the grant.  For more information and grant application deadlines, go to:  or contact Ryan Lewis, IHC at 312.422.5585 ext.231, or

NEH Preservation Assistant Grant for Smaller Institutions

The NEH offers $6,000 in assistance grants for small to mid-size institutions. Applicants may request support to send staff members who work with humanities collections to workshops and training courses that focus on the care of collections. Deadline for this grant is May 15, 2010 and will fund 2011 courses. The grant must come from the institution, not the individual. The following website will provide more information.

Additional Scholarships

Many state, regional and national organizations offer scholarships or professional development assistance funds. Possibilities include state and regional museum association, state humanities councils, local foundations that support the arts and humanities, and professional organizations involved in the fields of historic preservation, collections care, and conservation.