The board of directors of SHAF, or Save Historic Antietam Foundation Inc., voted to establish a stipend for scholars willing to research selected aspects of the Maryland campaign of 1862, especially the battle of Antietam or Sharpsburg.
The award is named in honor of Joseph L. Harsh, longtime professor at George Mason University, and author of the prize-winning trilogy on the Maryland Campaign.
Through the generosity of the family and friends of Harsh, SHAF is able to provide an annual stipend of up to $2,500 for those who apply to undertake a project that is beneficial to understanding various aspects of the campaign and battle.
The stipend will be offered annually, and will be awarded based on a decision by a committee composed of representatives of the SHAF board of directors, the Harsh family and Antietam National Battlefield.
It is the board’s hope that the funding will allow research on unresolved issues concerning the campaign.
If a scholar does not have a topic in mind, suggestions can be provided by SHAF.
Applicants need not be enrolled in any school, but must provide evidence of their ability to perform the research required for completion of the project.
Applications should be made to SHAF no later than Feb. 15, and the award will be announced by March 1. Research must be completed by Sept. 1.
Applications should be submitted by mail to SHAF, P.O. Box 550, Sharpsburg, MD 21782; or emailed through its website at www.shaf.org.