Palace Scholars Award Program

“It is so rewarding to see students smile when they hear a guide use a vocabulary word or fact that they have learned in the classroom setting.  A visit to Tryon Palace helps bring history alive for them!”

– Educator at Pink Hill Elementary School 

North Carolina’s Title I schools often face a cost barrier between their classrooms and multidisciplinary programs that enrich the traditional curriculum. The Palace Scholars Award Program was established in 2019 to offset the associated costs of a field trip including admission, substitute teacher fees, and transportation; making a visit to Tryon Palace and the North Carolina History Center more accessible.

Palace tours and costumed interpretation engage elementary through high school students with colonial history in a personal way. Students build their cultural and historical understanding of North Carolina’s heritage as they explore the site of the state’s first capitol. Since the Palace Scholars Award Program’s creation, over 2,155 students, educators, and guardians from 19 Title I schools located in 14 different counties have benefited from field trips funded by our generous donors! 

All gifts made to the Palace Scholars Award Program between September 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022, are eligible to be matched up to $25,000 by the Anonymous Trust. Learn more about this Challenge Matching Grant opportunity here.

Double the impact of your gift and help us reach our goal of funding 60 field trips for Title I schools by donating today!

Educators with North Carolina's Title I schools are invited to apply to the Palace Scholars Award Program today!

Applications for field trips in fall 2022 and spring 2023 will be accepted between August 8th and September 30th. Recipients of Palace Scholars Award Program funding will be notified by October 15, 2022.

To apply, download the information sheets and fill out the application form below. Email completed applications to Kathy Peterson, Development Manager, at

Please continue to submit your applications. The next announcement of awards will be made by Sunday, November 20th, 2022.

Contact the Development Office with any questions at 252-639-3519 or