Minority Scholarship in Classics and Classical Archaeology

The Committee on Diversity in the Profession of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) invites applications from minority undergraduate students from across North America for a scholarship to be awarded for Summer 2020. The purpose of the scholarship is to further students’ study of classics or classical archaeology with opportunities not available during the school year. Eligible proposals might include (but are not limited to) participation in classical summer programs or field schools in the Mediterranean or language training at institutions in the U.S., Canada, or Europe. The maximum amount of the award will be $4,500.

The SCS began awarding scholarships in 1994; since 2010, the society has been able to award at least two scholarships per year. A list of previous recipients is available on the SCS website (https://classicalstudies.org/awards-and-fellowships/mscca-previous-recip...).

Candidates will be judged on the basis of (a) their academic qualifications, including demonstrated ability in fields that prepare a student for further study in Classics or archaeology, (b) the quality of their proposal, and (c) financial need. The application must be supported by two letters of recommendation. At least one letter of recommendation must include a statement indicating that this is an appropriate candidate for the purposes of this scholarship.

The receipt deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, December 13, 2019; results will be announced by the end of January 2020.  All application materials should be sent as e-mail attachments to the Executive Director of the SCS, Dr. Helen Cullyer, at helen.cullyer@nyu.edu.  Applications must include:

(1)    the application form;

(2)    a letter describing your career goals and plans for summer 2020, with a prioritized list of programs applied to. How would the proposed program help you achieve your future goals? Examples include, but are not limited to, completing a major or minor in Classics; preparing for post-baccalaureate work or graduate study; preparing for a field or profession beyond Classics in which you can apply your skills in a range of settings;

(3)    two letters of recommendation from faculty members or other professionals who have worked with you during the past two years. Letters of recommendation should indicate how the candidate meets the criteria for the award; and both letter-writers should submit their letters directly to the SCS as e-mail attachments;

(4)    a one-page summary of the projected or actual budget (e.g., airfare, tuition, program expenses, accommodation expenses, income replacement, etc.); 

(5)    a transcript of current undergraduate work. This should be either a secure (locked) transcript provided to you by your institution or an electronic version of your current transcript submitted by your department chair.

NOTE: Under the classification “minority” we include members of historically underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups in the United States and Canada, for example, African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, Native-American, and Pacific-Islander American students. For further information, please contact the Chair of the Committee for 2018-19: Victoria Pagán, Department of Classics, University of Florida, vepagan@ufl.edu.

Awards are made possible by member donations and raffle proceeds. Members of the SCS are encouraged to support this important activity through contributions and through participation in the Committee's raffle of books and gift certificates donated by exhibitors at the annual meeting. We are grateful to the exhibitors who have supported the raffle since 2012.  At least one award is made possible by very generous gifts to the SCS's Endowment for Classics Research and Teaching from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Friends of Michael Putnam.  These gifts were made in response to the Society's Gatekeeper to Gateway Campaign and were eligible for matching funds from a challenge grant the SCS received from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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