NPS Intern Scholarship







Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table  

2018 National Park Service Intern Scholarship Program


The Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table (RVCWRT) provides a $2,000 scholarship opportunity to a National Park Service (NPS) intern serving at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park.  Under the provisions of this scholarship program, an intern will be defined as any individual who is, or will be, an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university; who has served at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park (beginning their service between July 5, 2017 and July 21, 2018) and who has completed a minimum of 350 hours of service to the park in good standing.


All intern scholarship applicants should:


      Obtain and complete a copy of the RVCWRT NPS Intern Scholarship Application Form from the following links:

Download the form in Microsoft Word (docx) Format


Download the form in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Format


Submit a complete RVCWRT NPS Intern Scholarship packet no later than July 21, 2018 to:


Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table

NPS Intern Scholarship Committee

Post Office Box 7632

Fredericksburg VA  22404


Include the following items as part of the RVCWRT NPS Intern Scholarship packet:


1)     A signed copy of the RVCWRT NPS Scholarship Application form.

2)     A copy of the applicantís high school/college/university grade transcript(s), to include the first semester of the 2018 academic year, along with an associated grade point average.

3)     Two letters of recommendation:  One academic (from high school/college/university faculty advisor); one personal (from an individual not related to the applicant.)

4)     Four copies of the applicantís scholarship essay.


Prepare an essay of between 1,500 and 1,600 words on the following topic:


Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park was established in 1927 with the mission of preserving for future generations, the land and stories of the people and events associated with the Civil War battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Spotsylvania.  As a park intern, you play an important role in accomplishing this mission.  With this in mind, describe how you and your division at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park contribute to this mission and why it is critical for this park to be preserved for future generations.


          Calendar of Relevant Dates:


March 15, 2018:  NPS Intern Scholarship materials available on RVCWRT website.


July 21, 2018: Deadline for submitting the scholarship packet.


July 30-August 3, 2018: Interviews conducted with scholarship finalists.


August 6, 2018:  Formal announcement of scholarship winner.


Additional Information:


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):               25%

            Letters of Recommendation:        15%

            Essay:                                           50%


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 either in person or virtually.


The scholarship winner will be determined by the NPS Intern Scholarship Committee upon completion of the finalist interviews.


The scholarship winner and his/her parents (or a guest) will be invited to attend a subsequent RVCWRT dinner meeting, where he/she can present a synopsis of their essay.


The scholarship award of $2,000 will be deposited to the account of the scholarship winner at the academic institution in which he/she is enrolled.


Further questions regarding the scholarship program should be directed to the NPS Intern Scholarship Committee; John Sapanara at