1920 Mechanicsburg Senior Class

2017 History-POPS! (Projects-Outreach-Publications-Scholarships) Program Overview

Sponsored by the Cumberland County Historical Society & CCHS Golf Classic Fundraiser

Timeline- Applications due: Rolling

Applications are reviewed and a response will be given within two months after receipt of application

A History-POPS! application can be downloaded here.

Eligibility for Projects, Outreach and Publications include:

  • located in Cumberland County, PA
  • a nonprofit or governmental enterprise, not an individual
  • submitting an application that directly involves Cumberland County, PA history
  • an endeavor that demonstrates tangible community impact, relevance and historical importance
  • an endeavor that can be completed within one calendar year of notice of award

Eligibility for the Scholarships include:

  • high school senior students receiving a diploma in Cumberland County, PA within the application year and college or university registered
  • a student in good standing at school & in their community
  • deeply interested in the subject of history and capable of demonstrating this conclusively in the application essay
  • willing to meet for a short interview at CCHS if a scholarship applicant finalist


Founded in 1874, CCHS was designated as the official Historical Society for the county by the County Commissioners in 1987. Growth in activities has also resulted from the educational partnership with the county’s school districts established in 1989. In 1992 The Two-Mile House was bequeathed to the Society by Mary Wheeler King, and in 2004 CCHS acquired the building at 29-33 West High Street, which is now home to its award-winning museum shop and the G. B. Stuart History Workshop. In 2005, CCHS opened a renovated and expanded Museum on the second floor of the 21 North Pitt Street building.


The Cumberland County Historical Society is dedicated to collect, preserve, interpret and promote the rich history of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Our institutional vision is to strive to become a national model for demonstrating how history, story-telling, material culture and preservation promotes social well-being, service and citizen engagement with local resources.

History-POPS! Program Background and Guidelines

In 2015, the CCHS Board of Trustees approved a plan to create a funding program for small history related organizational initiatives and scholarships in Cumberland County. The idea was simple, although funds are limited, CCHS should try to give back to organizations and students who love and care for Cumberland County history. Utilizing a percentage of proceeds from the CCHS Annual Golf Classic fundraiser, the History-POPS program will commence in 2017.  Applications are available for Projects Outreach and Publications ranging from $250 -$1,500. Scholarship awards are awarded at the $500 and $1000 levels.

For Projects, Outreach and Publications keep in mind:

  • Projects, Outreach and Publications awards are chosen based on merit and determined by the Society’s Awards & Scholarships Committee which meets regularly throughout the year. Applications that closely align with the mission of CCHS will be ranked higher than those that do not. When applying, keep in mind that the end goal should be to promote Cumberland County history and make the county’s history more accessible to diverse audiences. The more this can be demonstrated, the better chance for success.
  • Projects, Outreach and Publications awards often require planning and design documentation and this should be submitted with the application, but CCHS does not fund costs associated with planning and design. Awards focus on costs related to production and outcomes.
  • CCHS will not typically award funds back-to-back to successful applicants.
  • Projects, Outreach and Publications applicants should reference CCHS when marketing their initiative, and CCHS asks that the CCHS logo be included in outreach marketing and advertising materials. Please request the CCHS logo by emailing info@historicalsociety.com The phrase “a Cumberland County Historical Society History-POPS! supported initiative” should accompany the logo where appropriate.
  • Be sure to contact the CVVB’s Seasonal Application Program (SNAP) coordinator Ashley Kurtz as advertising, brochure printing and signage manufacturing may qualify for a SNAP match! More information can be found at https://www.visitcumberlandvalley.com/newsroom/tourism-funding/snap/

Scholarship Student Applicants keep in mind:

  • Scholarship winners are asked to reference CCHS in any press releases, and are required to attend at least one free CCHS event for a photo opportunity with the student.
  • Scholarship winner essays and photoshoot will be posted on the CCHS blog. (Arrangements can be made with Executive Director Jason Illari at jillari@historicalsociety.com).
  • Repeat scholarships for the same student are not available.
  • Students do not necessarily need to be history “majors” to receive a scholarship!, but an interest in history and its impact on the student’s educational pursuits is important to demonstrate in the essay.

A History-POPS! application can be downloaded here.

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