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Minority Scholarships in Classics and Classical Archaeology

Since 1994, the Society for Classical Studies has provided funding for the undergraduate Minority Scholarships in Classics and Classical Archaeology. Originally the Society was able to give just one scholarship per year. However, owing to the generosity of donors, including a major endowment gift from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and donations from the Friends of Michael Putnam during the last capital campaign, and ongoing support from our members on an annual basis, we have been able to award three scholarships each year in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 application cycles. This year, we have already raised sufficient funds to support four scholarships for the next application cycle. With your help, we can make it five! We were delighted to receive earlier this year a $5,000 annual giving gift to the Minority Scholarships fund. If we match that gift, we can offer a fifth scholarship.

The Minority Scholarships are now among the most popular of our fellowships and scholarship programs and we receive far more applications each year than we can fund. Last year, the Committee on Diversity in the Profession recommended an important change, which SCS implemented. Now students no longer have to provide at least one letter of recommendation from an AIA or SCS member. This has opened up eligibility to a whole new group of students who are not at institutions that have faculty in the Classics and Classical Archaeology. The scholarships provide summer funding for students from historically under-represented groups that enables them to participate in archaeological digs and intensive language and literature programs. A recent recipient reports, “This scholarship made it possible for me to continue my study of Greek at a level far beyond what I would have access to at my undergraduate institution”. In the words of another recipient, “To see the beautiful country of Greece and to work in the field of archaeology has been an experience I will never forget. I am determined now to ensure that it will not be once in a lifetime.”

You can learn more about the Minority Scholarships and previous winners on our website.

You can make an Annual Giving donation to the Minority Scholarship fund here.

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