Shaara Scholar Internship

Spend the summer interpreting the history of the Shenandoah Valley, 1858 –1868 at New Market Battlefield.

The Jeff Shaara Scholar-in-Residence Program provides cadets the opportunity to engage in the stewardship of mid-nineteenth century American history. The Scholar-in-Residence is exposed to various facets of the museum profession while assisting the museum staff with daily duties while representing the Corps of Cadets to the visiting public.

The program consists of three elements: Summer residency on the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park; $3,500 stipend and a personally autographed set of the Civil War Trilogy by authors Michael and Jeff Shaara.

The award was established in 1999 by best-selling author Jeff Shaara. "Here is a remarkable way for a cadet to work and study at what for all Americans, but especially VMI alumni and cadets, is a singular place.” Mr. Shaara said at the announcement of his program. “I am certain, too, that young people visiting New Market will have their interest heightened by seeing a young man or woman, a VMI cadet, presenting the Civil War experience." Mr. Shaara’s Last Full Measure and Gods and Generals, along with his father, Michael Shaara’s Killer Angels, are popular volumes with the Cadet Corps.

  • Prize includes cash award of $3,500
  • Open to all VMI cadets.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Application must be submitted to the VMI Museum no later than April 15. Any rising Third, Second or First Class VMI cadet, regardless of major, who is in good standing, is eligible to apply. A four-member committee comprised of members of the VMI History Department and the VMI Museum Staff determines the award. The Shaara Scholar will be announced at the spring Cadet Awards Convocation.

Terms of Residence

The Shaara Scholar will be provided housing on the Bushong Farm, New Market Battlefield State Historical Park for the period not less than ten weeks commencing the first week of June and running through the first week of August.


The successful candidate shall be employed as a member of the Museum staff and rotate through all departments of the museum, thus receiving a broad exposure to the museum profession. Experiences will include leading tours of the New Market Battlefield and Bushong Farm, working with the ground maintenance crew, and assisting with administrative duties during a forty-hour workweek. The Shaara Scholar will be required to wear the VMI Cadet White Blouse uniform and maintain cadet standards of grooming during working hours.