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Sallie E. Simons Scholarship


The Charleston Heritage Symposium of the Preservation Society of Charleston is pleased to award the 2022 Sallie Enders Simons Scholarship to Shea McEnerney. This competitive scholarship recognizes an outstanding student majoring in historic preservation, art history, history, museum
studies, decorative arts or a related field.

Shea is currently a final year Master’s candidate at Clemson University pursuing a Master of Science in Historic Preservation specializing in hands-on conservation of historic material, project management and the architectural practice of preservation. He is also the proud recipient of the
Ashley R. and George H. Wilson Historic Preservation Fellow.

Shea completed his undergraduate work in 2018 at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, majoring in History with a focus on Historic Preservation. During his tenure at the University of Dayton he was awarded the President’s Scholarship & Father Chaminade Scholarship.

Shea’s most recent hands-on work experience was in Dublin, Ireland in 2021 as a Conservation Architecture Intern for Lotts Architecture & Urbanism. This renowned institution is a registered practice with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, whose aim is to provide high quality modern, historic and environmentally-compatible design solutions for the built heritage and historic sites, new build, urban design and landscape architecture projects. During his internship Shea was responsible for a SiteWorks survey of c. 1740 timber joinery throughout Trinity College Dublin’s Historic Library. He established geographic mapping of over 190 historic estate buildings around County Waterford planned to be surveyed and added to the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage database. In addition, he developed a Conversation Report associated with the 1729 Dysart Enos Church, built on an 11th-century monastic site in County Laois, Ireland.

Sallie Enders Simons (1927-2012) was a great supporter of historic preservation and the arts in Charleston. She attended Ashley Hall School in Charleston and graduated from St. Catherine’s School in Richmond,Virginia, after which she studied at Parsons School for Design in New York. She was a member of the Preservation Society of Charleston, The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of South Carolina, The Huguenot Society of South Carolina, and the Board of the Charleston Heritage Symposium. She was a passionate advocate for preservation, as well as an accomplished artist with a large portfolio of watercolors. Along with her wonderful sense of humor, she is remembered for a strong sense of history and community.