ACL and SCS Joint Venture in Disaster Relief


This initiative began September 8, 2017. Therefore, it may take a few days for requests to come in. Please check this page periodically for updates.

All posts have been vetted by the ACL or SCS offices. Please contact the requester directly. Do not send money to the ACL or SCS.


Dear Members,

Teachers of Classics have been impacted by hurricane Harvey and we are expecting reports from classicists in the Caribbean and continental US affected by Irma. 

ACL and SCS are launching a joint initiative that will help connect institutions in need with our members who are able to offer assistance.

If you are a teacher or faculty member at an institution whose academic programs have been interrupted, suspended, or impacted by the recent hurricanes, you can fill out the form linked below to request financial assistance that will accelerate the recovery of your classes and programs.


Once we have received your form, an ACL or SCS staff member will contact you to verify your identity and the nature of your request.  We will then publish verified requests on our websites and via our social media accounts so that individuals can reach out to institutions in need and offer direct financial help.  We feel that this is the quickest way of getting funds to the schools, colleges, and universities that need them.   

Please do not send funds for disaster recovery directly to ACL or SCS.  Depending on the number and nature of requests, the ACL and SCS leadership may designate internal funds to assist programs in need.  If you have requests for non-financial assistance - eg. a need to relocate students - please contact Helen Cullyer and Sherwin Little.

K-12 Institutions and Teachers

Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan

Request: $795 (159 students x $5/exam) - Financial assistance covering NLE costs

Saint Thomas' Episcopal

Request: $1500 - Certamen machine and TSJCL attendance for students

College and University Institutions and Teachers

Cornell University has launched an initiative to assist students from the University of Puerto Rico.  Cornell will accept 50 undergraduates and 8 graduate students from UPR for the spring 2018 semester, and cover their tuition, room, and board.   We are currently fielding hundreds of inquiries from students who intend to apply.

Last week, we set up a crowdsourcing site to provide funds to help these students pay for books, supplies, winter clothing, and transportation.  I ask that you support this humanitarian effort.  And if you agree with me that it is worthy of your support, I ask that you spread the word about it.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could greet these students with the news that hundreds of Cornellians are doing their part to assist them in recovering from a terrible natural disaster?

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