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Save Historic Antietam Foundation Inc. accepting applications for scholarship

February 05, 2012

Save Historic Antietam Foundation Inc. is accepting applications through Feb. 15 for a new stipend for scholars willing to research selected aspects of the Maryland Campaign of 1862, especially the battle of Antietam or Sharpsburg, the organization said in a news release.

The foundation’s board of directors voted in November to establish the scholarship, the release said.

The award is named in honor of Dr. Joseph L. Harsh, a 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 Dr. Joseph L. Harsh, SHAF is able to provide an annual stipend of up to $2,500 for those who apply to undertake a project beneficial to understanding various aspects of the campaign and battle,” the release said.

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 our hope that this funding will allow research on unresolved issues concerning the campaign,” the release said. “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.

“Because this award honors a great scholar, it is imperative that the completed project reflect the highest standards of scholarship and research,” the release said.

Topics must be approved by the stipend committee, and the successful applicant will present his/her finished project at a ceremony in conjunction with the annual anniversary commemoration at Antietam National Battlefield. The applicant will also produce a written summation in a format suitable for publication.

Applications can 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.

The guidelines and more details are available at www.shaf.org.

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