Sidney S. Williston Memorial Fund for Interns and Fellows

Each year, WCG’s Sidney S. Williston Memorial Fund provides up to five interns/fellows with free membership in the Washington Conservation Guild. Application instructions are below.

Williston Fund recipients receive full membership benefits, and are asked to assist the WCG Board of Directors at one of the eight monthly meetings. This may involve writing a summary of the meeting for the WCG Website, assisting the Refreshments Chair in setting up and cleaning up refreshments, and taking donations at the door. This is a great opportunity to meet colleagues and get involved with the WCG.

Williston Fund winners are announced each year at an intern reception held in September.

In order to continue this benefit for local interns and fellows, the Williston Fund accepts donations on an ongoing basis. Please donate by clicking the “Donate” button below or by mailing a check payable to Washington Conservation Guild to the WCG postal address (below), noting “Williston Fund” on the check. Thank you for your support.

How to Apply

A WCG member must apply on behalf of an intern or fellow.

Application deadline: September 15th of each membership year.
To apply, please send the following information to interns@washingtonconservationguild.org, with the subject line “Williston Fund Application.”

  1. Name of sponsor (must be a WCG member)
  2. Name of Applicant
  3. Position of Applicant
  4. Applicant’s local mailing address, email address, and telephone number
  5. Brief description (half page max.) of applicant’s qualifications and of the upcoming internship/fellowship project.

Alternatively, please fill in and save the Williston Fund Application fill-in PDF form, then email it as an attachment to interns@washingtonconservationguild.org, with the subject line “Williston Fund Application.”

Sidney S. Williston

Many WCG members knew Mr. Williston during his forty years in the DC area as a private conservator. His studio, Mario’s Conservation Services, provided training for dozens of conservators, many of whom head their own labs today around the country. He was a Fellow in the American Institute for Conservation and was an honorary member of the WCG. He has been greatly missed since his death in 2000. The Williston Fund was created to recognize his contributions to the Washington area conservation community and to the Guild in particular.