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The B. L. Ullman Prize in Latin

The Ullman Prize is funded by an endowment established by B. L. Ullman for the purpose of encouraging students in their study of Latin. The prize is awarded to a student who shows the best ability to translate at sight selected passages of Latin in a competitive written examination. It gives a cash prize and the exam is held every February.

Thomas Bilden
Junior Business Administration major (finance concentration) and Classical Humanities minor

“After taking four years of Latin in High School and almost finishing my business degree, I am excited to return to the classics to study the Romans!”


The Herington Scholarship

The Herington Scholarship was established in 1999 by Maynard and Florence Mack in memory of John Herington and is awarded annually to the best student of Greek.  The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize achievement and to encourage undergraduates to continue their study of classics at UNC or abroad the following year.

Allison Ruvidich
Sophomore English and Greek double major

I would like to thank the teachers, staff, and students of the classics department for making it so amazing.


The Epps Prize in Greek Studies

This award was established by Preston H. Epps: two prizes are awarded annually, one to a graduate student and one to an undergraduate, to students whom the faculty of the Department of Classics judge to show “the greatest interest and promise in coming to understand the Greek language, literature, history, and outlook.” Students are selected in the spring semester by a departmental faculty committee.

Brian McPhee
Graduate prize
Obtaining a P.h.D. in Classics under Patricia Rosenmeyer, dissertation currently named “Apollonius’ Argonautica and the Homeric Hymns“.

“I would like to thank the faculty for all of their generous support in my studies.  When it comes to mentorship, we  have almost an embarrassment of riches here in the UNC Classics department.”

Caroline Herman (not pictured)
Undergraduate prize
Junior Greek and Latin Classics major (Greek concentration)

“I’m currently studying abroad in Athens, Greece (with College Year in Athens), and I couldn’t have asked for a more fulfilling time! After studying these ancient cities and sites at Carolina, it has been a fantastic experience to finally see them in person. I would like to extend my thanks to the faculty committee. I’m very honored that they thought of me. This was wonderful news.”

The Albert Suskin Prize in Latin

The Suskin Prize is in memory of Albert I. Suskin, first a student in the Department and then, starting in 1936, a faculty member and lastly Chair from 1960 until his death in 1965.  The prize, established in 1966 by his friends and colleagues, is offered to the undergraduate student who shows the best ability to understand Latin poetry and to translate selected passages at sight.

Evan Colby
Sophomore Greek and Latin major and Linguistics major

The Eben Alexander Prize in Greek

The oldest student prize at Carolina, this award was established in 1887 by the family of Dr. Eben Alexander, Professor of Greek in the Department from 1886 to 1909.  The prize is presented annually to the undergraduate student who, in the opinion of the faculty of the Department of Classics, presents the best rendering into English of selected passages of Greek not previously read.

Evan Colby (pictured above)
Sophomore Greek and Latin major and Linguistics major


The Nims Scholarship

The Department of Classics nominates candidates for this need-based scholarship to the Student Aid Office. Established in 1979, the amount of this substantial award varies, but may pay tuition, room, board, and fees, and may be used by undergraduate students in the Department of Classics (majors and minors), with preference given to juniors and seniors for either in-residence study or study abroad.

Megan Abernathy
Junior Classical Archaeology major with a Women and Gender studies minor

“I will be using the award to join the UNC Archaeological Excavation of Huqoq, Israel this summer from May 31st to July 2nd lead by Jodi Magness. I am very excited to have the opportunity to study abroad this summer and be able to have some archaeological experience that will help push my studies in the field of Classical Archaeology. ”


Catherine Atkinson
Junior Classical Archaeology major

“I will use the award to help fund my participation in the Huqoq excavation in Israel this summer.”


Shawna Milam
Sophomore Classical Archaeology major

“I will be using the award to fund my participation in an archaeological excavation in Huqoq, Israel. We will be excavating an ancient synagogue and parts of the surrounding area.”


Grace Miller
First-year Classics and Comparative Literature major

“I will attend a summer Latin Workshop at Berkeley over the summer.”


Allison Ruvidich (pictured above)
Sophomore Ancient Greek and English double major

“I am using the award to attend the College Year in Athens’s “Geography of Faith: Paul and the Emergence of Christianity in Greece” this summer.”


Andrianna Dallis 
Sophomore Classical Archaeology and Psychology double major with a Neuroscience minor

“I will be using the award to help fund my participation on the Eastern Boeotian Archaeological Project (EBAP).”


The Stacia Byers Wells Fund for Student Travel and Research

Grants from the Stacia Byers Wells Fund are awarded competitively to undergraduate students 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. The amount of the award varies.

Ashley Choo-Hen
Sophomore Classics and English double major

“I’m planning on traveling to my family’s home country of Guyana for 6 weeks to teach Latin and to begin to research how classics survives in a post-colonial context. Because the traditional British schooling that once enforced the learning of Latin no longer exists in Guyana, is it safe to assume that classics doesn’t exist at all? In conjunction with teaching, I hope that this research project facilitates an understanding on the accessibility of classics to minority groups and on the pedagogical practices that exist elsewhere. I’m also really excited to return to Guyana (after 10+ years) to reconnect with family members and to bridge these two large parts of my life.”

Alex Haggis
Junior Classics and Linguistics double major

“I am planning on traveling to Athens in order to research issues of translation, and homoeroticism, in Greek Lyric poetry, with poet and translator A. E. Stallings.”