The Chairman for the California Society Valley Forge Teacher Scholarship Award Program is Bob Taylor.

This award is open to all 5th Grade Elementary School Teachers, 8th Grade and High School American History Teachers, either public, private or parochial who teach the American Revolution. The selected teachers (up to two each year) will receive a trip to the Summer Graduate Teacher Workshop related to the American Revolution presented by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.  (The chosen workshop will be the one most closely related to the American Revolution.)  The Award, valued up to $2,150 includes tuition, room and board*, and transportation expenses (up to $500.00).  (*meals are provided when on-campus only; meals for off-campus visits to workshop sites are not included.) 

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Below is the description of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Graduate Teacher program for 2023:

American Revolution: South
09 – 14 July 2023
Academic Director: Mr. Arch Hunter

This workshop features field studies and tours of:

  • Valley Forge National Park
  • Mount Vernon tour & Education Center
  • Yorktown Victory Center
  • Historic Jamestown National Park
  • Alamance Battleground
  • Guilford Courthouse
  • Buford Massacre Site (Battle of Waxhaws)
  • Revolutionary War Center
  • Camden Battlefield
  • Kings Mountain National Military Park
  • Cowpens Battlefield


Sunday:  Travel day – please plan to arrive at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) in time for the 2:15 pm or 5:15 shuttle to the campus, which is no cost.  Teachers will be responsible for transportation to the campus otherwise. Dinner will be provided on campus following the welcome and orientation.

Monday: Following a tour of the Valley Forge National Park, you will travel south by motor coach to Mount Vernon.

Tuesday: Visits to Yorktown and Jamestown.

Wednesday: Visit Burlington and Greensboro, NC – Alamance Battleground and Guilford Courthouse.

Thursday: Visit sites in South Carolina (Lancaster, Camden and Blacksburg) – Buford Massacre Site, Revolutionary War Center, Camden Battlefield, Kings Mountain.

Friday: Day starts in Gaffney with Cowpens Battlefield before departing home from Charlotte (CLT) airport. Estimated arrival at airport 3:30 PM.
NOTE: Information is subject to change.

For more information on the Program, please contact the FFVF Education Department at (610) 933-8825 ext. 231 or
Source: (under Teachers, select American Revolution South for this year’s program).

Chapter Resources

The California Society Valley Forge Teacher Scholarship Award Program offers qualified teachers an outstanding opportunity for experiencing actual Revolutionary War and Colonial America sites, and learning from experts in their field the whys and wherefores that determined the future of America.  The intent of this program is for these teachers to then imbue their classroom instruction with what they have learned and, hopefully, create a spark within their students to learn and be guided by the foundational truths that established this country.

Chapters receiving applications or enquiries regarding this program should ensure the interested person is a 5th Grade Elementary School Teacher, 8th Grade or High School American History Teacher, either public, private or parochial, who are teaching the American Revolution in the classroom.  By all means, feel free to canvass the neighborhood for schools and school boards who have teachers unaware of this Program, talk to them and make presentations to educate them.  If publicized, this Program will garner interest in your area!

Teachers selected for this Program should be made aware that participation can be credited for training hours.  For information regarding this, teachers should go to the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge website at, or contact the FFVF by calling the Education Department at (610) 933-8825 ext. 292, or by emailing them at

Encourage each applicant to submit documentation that will support their qualification for this Program.  This would include letters of recommendation from their schools, school board or civic officials; resumes and references; teaching awards; newspaper or magazine articles; any document that would demonstrate the interest and activity of the applicant in teaching the American Revolution.

Each Chapter should be prepared to review the application package with the applicant, and assist them in filling out the CASSAR forms and preparing their package for submission.  Remember, time spent with them now may pay huge dividends later!

In the event of multiple applicants, each Chapter should make an evaluation of each application package and interview the applicants to determine the two most qualified to participate, with one identified as the primary selection and the other as an alternate.  The application package(s) should then be submitted to Bob Taylor, the Program Chairman, for the final selection.

It is recommended the Chapter selection process be completed by 1 April to ensure the selected application(s) is (are) received by the Program Chairman on or before 16 April.

Please consider that each teacher selected to participate in this Program has the potential to reach and influence thousands of students.  Who knows whether the teacher you select will influence the one student who has the ability to change the course of this nation in a positive way?  Only time will tell!

Should you wish to call me instead of using the email link, my telephone numbers are 805-289-9259 and 805-216-7992 (cell).