"Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil."
Ancient Greek and Latin language and literature form the underpinnings of much of Western Civilization.
From Plato's philosophy to the mathematical breakthroughs of Euclid and Archimedes, the great writers and thinkers of classical antiquity made advances that are still critically influential today in fields such as science, medicine, language, law, philosophy, mathematics, art, and more.
Despite this, students pursuing studies in the Classics today rarely, if ever, get much support for their work.
While Latin and Ancient Greek are today considered dead languages, the study of classic texts in their original languages teaches discipline in analysis, precision in communication, and deep historical perspective.
It is little surprise, then, that students majoring in Classics achieve higher GRE scores (both verbal and quantitative) than any other humanities major.
It is perhaps a little more surprising (though shouldn't be!) that Classics majors have higher success rates in acceptance to Law School and Medical School than any other undergraduate major.
To bring more support to students studying the classics, the I Read "Dead" Languages Scholarship will award a $1,000 scholarship to a classicist—a student majoring in the Classics, Latin, or Greek.
Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for this award. Students with any GPA will be considered.
Write a short essay in Classical (Attic or Homeric) Greek or Latin. The essay should be about why you feel it would be important to support you in your continuing studies.
The application deadline is Apr 30, 2020. Winners will be announced on Jul 31, 2020.
Award amounts per winner are designated by the donor. Check the award amount for a detailed breakdown.
The winner will be publicly announced on Jul 31, 2020. Prior to the announcement date, we may contact finalists with additional questions about their application. We will work with donors to review all applications according to the scholarship criteria. Winners will be chosen based on the merit of their application.
Award checks will be sent to the financial aid office of the winner's academic institution in their name to be applied to their tuition, and in the name of their institution (depending on the school's requirements). If the award is for a qualified educational non-tuition expense, we will work with the winner directly to distribute the award and make sure it goes towards qualified expenses.
Before we award the scholarship, the winner will be required to confirm their academic enrollment status. Depending on the circumstances, verification of Student ID and/or their most recent transcript will be required.
If you have any questions about this scholarship or the Bold.org platform, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.
Yes. The terms and conditions for this scholarship can be found here.