Applications being accepted for Herb Stovel Scholarship Fund

 Applications are now being accepted for the Herb Stovel Scholarship Fund, which awards funds annually to one or more Canadian students or young professionals (age 35 and under) pursuing studies or working in heritage conservation or a related field. With assistance from the fund, Herb Stovel scholars will deepen their capacity in heritage conservation through study at an educational institution or through experiential learning and conference attendance.

The fund will provide two types of support. The first focuses on education bursaries up to $2,500 for candidates who propose projects or study programs that continue Herb’s interest in community innovation and/or international dialogue in conservation theory and practice. The second offers Heritage Canada Foundation Conference (HCF) travel bursaries up to $1,000 and free conference registration for candidates to attend the HCF’s annual conference (held in Ottawa from October 31-November 2, 2013 and in Charlottetown from October 2-4, 2014). 

The deadline for applications is July 31, 2013 for study or conference attendance in 2013 or 2014. Successful candidates will be announced at the end of August 2013. 

All who knew Herb Stovel understood his commitment to heritage conservation and more importantly his strong support for education and preparing a new generation of professionals. Over a period of decades he generously passed on his insights and understandings which have helped define the field of theory and practice for the 21st century in Canada and internationally.

In Canada he taught in traditional settings as a professor at the Université du Montréal and most recently at Carleton University. Early in his career he developed courses for the Heritage Canada Foundation’s Main Street Program that prepared over 100 professionals in communities across the country for careers in downtown revitalization.  His training of federal employees reached across disciplines and departments, most notably perhaps with the Federal Heritage Building Review Office (FHBRO) course. Herb believed in empowering others and giving them the means to spread the word as broadly as possible. He developed train-the-trainer courses to put this knowledge into the hands of those best placed to deliver it. Then he moved on.

It is no exaggeration that Herb Stovel has students and followers in every corner of the globe. He believed in people and brought them together in the name of cultural heritage conservation, leaving behind conflicts of war and politics allowing them to work together towards a common goal. Herb’s commitment to education lives on through the Herb Stovel Scholarship Fund.   

The Herb Stovel Scholarship Fund is administered by the Heritage Canada Foundation in cooperation with a professional advisory committee.

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