Frank M. Snowden Jr. Undergraduate Scholarships

The Committee on Diversity in the Profession of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) invites applications from undergraduate students from historically underrpresented groups across North America for scholarships to be awarded for Summer 2021. The purpose of the scholarships 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 each award will be $4,500. 

Owing to the pandemic, applicants this year will be able to defer use of the scholarship until summer 2022 if programs to which they have applied and been accepted are canceled or postponed in summer 2021. Further, applicants may propose to use their scholarship to support the tuition costs of online programs in summer 2021.

The SCS began awarding the Minority Scholarship in Classics and Classical Archaeology in 1994; since 2010, the society has been able to award at least two scholarships per year. Recently, SCS has awarded at least three scholarships each year. A list of previous recipients is available on the SCS website (

In early 2020, the scholarships were renamed as the Frank M. Snowden Jr. Undergraduate Scholarships in honor of the renowned black classicist and long-time chair of the Classics Department at Howard University. You can learn more about Professor Snowden and the decision to rename the scholarships here.

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 December 11, 2020 at 5 P.M. EST; results will be announced in early 2021.  All application materials should be sent as e-mail attachments to the Executive Director of the SCS, Dr. Helen Cullyer, at  Applications must include:

(1)    the application form

(2)    a letter describing your career goals and plans for summer 2021, 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: Those eligible are 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 2020-21, Sanjaya Thakur (

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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