Palace Scholars Program

“I appreciate the support of the Tryon Palace Scholar Program through grant funding to provide an educational experience for students who might normally not be able to financially afford  the expense of attending a field trip to visit Tryon Palace. 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 from Pink Hill Elementary School 

Palace Scholars was established by the Tryon Palace Foundation in 2019 to provide field trip grants to North Carolina’s Title I schools whose classrooms often face a cost barrier preventing them from the benefit of multidisciplinary programs that enrich the traditional school curriculum. Palace Scholars is a donor funded program that covers the associated costs of a field trip such as transportation, substitute teacher fees, and admission; to provide underprivileged classrooms with a visit to Tryon Palace and the North Carolina History Center.

From its creation in 2019 to October 2021, over 2,155 students, educators, and guardians from 19 schools located in 14 different counties have visited Tryon Palace through the Palace Scholars program. Palace tours and costumed interpretation present these school groups with an engaging, informative way to experience colonial history. Field trips funded by Palace Scholars enhance students’ educational experience as they explore North Carolina’s first capitol and build cultural and historical understanding in connection to the state’s heritage. Without this program, these students might not have had the opportunity to take a field trip and experience history in a personal way.

The Tryon Palace Foundation invites all educators at Title I schools in North Carolina to apply to the Palace Scholars program. Funding recipients will be selected and awarded annually.

The application period for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 school semesters will open Summer 2022.

To apply, download and print the Palace Scholars informational sheet and the Palace Scholars Application form below. Once filled out, please email your application to the Development Office at

Contact the Development Office with any questions at 252-639-3516 or