UNC Senior Perla Azucena Castillejos receives SCS Minority Scholarship in Classics

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Perla Castillejos

Perla at the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland (Summer 2016)

Senior Classics student Perla Azucena Castillejos has been awarded a minority scholarship for undergraduate students from the Society for Classical Studies.  The scholarship aims to help students further their preparation in classics or classical archaeology during the summer with programs not available during the academic year.  Perla shares her plans for this summer below:

“Since I was young, I have been interested in the ancient world and I thought that the only way to learn more about the topic was through the study of history.  After transferring to Carolina in the fall of 2015 as a junior, I discovered that there was an entire department dedicated to the study of ancient Rome and Greece, and that I could put a name to the field which I was most fascinated with: Classics.  I took as many courses as I could, but as a transfer student I only had a limited amount of time to do so.  At the beginning of my senior year I decided that I wanted to continue with my studies at the graduate level, but I did not yet have the required amount of experience in the ancient languages.  I will use the Minority Scholarship to sign up for an intensive Greek course over the summer which will provide the experience I need to apply to a post-baccalaureate program where I will improve my Latin and Greek.”

Perla is a History major with a minors in Archaeology and Classical Humanities.  Past winners of the SCS minority scholarship have attended summer language institutes and have participated in archaeological digs and field schools.  You can learn more about the scholarship and others offered by the SCS here.