Scholarships

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Eunice and Luther Nims Scholarship

In 1979 F. Boyden Nims established this scholarship in honor of his parents, Eunice and Luther Nims. The Department of Classics nominates undergraduate students in the Department of Classics for this need-based scholarship to the Student Aid Office, giving preference to juniors and seniors for either in-residence study or study abroad. Although the amount of this substantial award varies, it may pay tuition, room, board, and fees.

To apply for a Nims Scholarship, students must submit to the director of undergraduate studies a letter of application, a detailed budget, and three letters of recommendation (at least two letters must be from professors within the department). The letter of application should include a statement of their past experience and education; a description of the program they wish to attend; what their objectives are in taking the program; and a statement of financial need. The amounts of the awards will vary according to need; however, due to limited resources, they are normally capped at $4,000 for summer programs and at $6,000 for programs that run during fall and spring semesters. Exceptions may be made, resources permitting, in cases of unusual need. Priority will be given to those students who have not already received a Nims Schalorship. Students are urged to supplement these awards by applying for funding elsewhere.

The application deadline is Feb. 1. Students should email applications either in the body of the message or as attached Word or PDF files and letters of recommendation from professors should emailed directly to the to the director of undergraduate studies. Students applying for funding from both Nims and Wells scholarships may submit a single application, indicating their desire to be considered for both grants.

The Stacia Byers Wells Fund For Student Travel And Research

Grants from the Stacia Byers Wells Fund are awarded competitively to undergraduate majors and minors of the Department of Classics to support travel and research in the following areas: travel to participate in excavations or archaeological field projects; travel to professional meetings in the U.S.A. or abroad; and faculty-student collaborative research, including work as research assistants.

To apply for a grant from the Stacia Byers Wells Fund, students should submit to the director of undergraduate studies (DUS) a letter of application and a detailed prospective budget (list of estimated expenses). In addition, three letters of recommendation should be sent by email to the DUS. At least two of these letters should be from professors within the Department of Classics. The application should include a description of the program or research plan, as well as a brief statement of one’s academic experiences and interests, and how the program or project relates to his or her educational or academic goals.

The application deadline is Feb. 1. If possible, applications should be emailed — preferably as an attached Word or PDF file — to the director of undergraduate studies. Students applying for funding from both Nims and Wells scholarships may submit a single application, indicating their desire to be considered for both grants.

The Preston H. And Miriam L. Epps Prize in Greek Studies

A departmental committee annually chooses one undergraduate and graduate student of Greek to receive the Epps Prize in Greek Studies. The award is $5,000 and, as described by the late Professor Preston Epps in his will, should go to “that student who said faculty shall judge shows the greatest interest and promise in coming to understand the Greek language, literature, history, and outlook.”

The Eben Alexander Prize in Greek

Established in 1887, this award is bestowed yearly by the family of the late Dr. Eben Alexander, Sr. A prize of $500 is presented to the undergraduate student who, in the opinion of the faculty of the Department of Classics, presents the best rendering into English of selected Greek passages not previously studied. The exam is held in February.

The Albert Suskin Prize in Latin

Established in 1966, a prize of $1,000 is offered to the undergraduate student who shows the best ability to understand Latin poetry and to translate selected passages at sight. Colleagues and friends of Albert I. Suskin, professor of Latin and chair of the Department of Classics until his death in 1965, established the prize in his memory. The exam is held in February.

The Herington Prizes in Greek and Latin

An annual competition in the recitation of Greek and Latin poetry and prose, initiated and sponsored by the department, will identify the Herington Prize winners. There will be two prizes of $250 each, one in Greek and one in Latin. The purpose of the Herington Prizes is to encourage undergraduates in the performance of Latin and Greek.

The Snow Award for Student Travel and Research

Awards from the James M. and Virginia Kay G. Snow Endowment Fund will be awarded competitively to undergraduate students of the Department of Classics (majors and minors) to support travel for the purpose of presenting a paper at a conference or professional meeting and to help subsidize the expense of research projects during the academic year. Three awards of up to $500 each are available each year. To apply for a Snow Award, students should submit to the director of undergraduate studies (DUS) a letter of application with their 1. full name, 2. PID number, 3. major/minor with area, 4. year/rank, 5. departmental awards they have received and when, and a detailed prospective budget (list of estimated expenses). In addition, three brief letters of recommendation should be sent by email to the DUS (at least two letters from professors within the Department of Classics). The application should include a description of the conference or meeting (if applicable), an overview of the research project (if applicable), and a brief statement of how the project relates to the applicant’s educational or academic goals. Application deadlines are Nov. 1 and Feb. 1. If possible, applications should be sent by email, either in the body of the message or as attached Word or PDF file to the DUS.

The Herington Scholarship

A departmental faculty committee annually chooses one recipient of the Herington Scholarship from applicants who are freshmen, sophomore, and junior Classics majors or minors. Preference is given to the best students of Greek. The Herington Scholarship award has a prize of $750, but the amount is set at the discretion of the Chair as inflation and the fund increase. The purpose of the Herington Scholarship is to recognize achievement and to encourage undergraduates to continue their study of the Classics.

The Manson A. Stewart Scholarships

This scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, is awarded by The Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) to students majoring in Classics at the sophomore or junior level; nominees are expected to take a minimum of two courses in Latin or Greek during the year in which the scholarship is held.  The Classics Department may nominate up to two students a year for this scholarship; nominees must fill out an application form, write a brief essay, and submit a transcript and two letters of recommendation.  Further information may be found here.

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