I Read "Dead" Languages Scholarship — Supporting Classicists

Funded by
1 winner$2,000
Application Deadline
Apr 30, 2020
Winners Announced
Jul 31, 2020
Education Level
Undergraduate, Graduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Classics or Greek/Latin
Classics or Greek/Latin

"Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil."

― Plato

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.

Selection Criteria:
Quality of essay
Published January 14, 2020