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Scholarships

Applications should be sent to:

Scholarship Committee
Department of Classics
1101 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-0413

The Department of Classics encourages scholarship applications from current students who have excelled in its courses. We also welcome applications from students who have excelled in Latin or Greek at the high school level as well as from transfer students who have studied Latin, Greek, and Classical Archaeology at the college level. We are also particularly interested in receiving applications from students from populations under-represented at the University of Tennessee.
The scholarship program of the Department of Classics is administered by a committee consisting of the faculty of the department at the University of Tennessee.
The application deadline for scholarships for travel and study abroad is February 1.

The application deadline for regular (non-travel) scholarships is March 1.

Awards and prizes are granted as part of the scholarship application process: there is no separate application for awards or prizes.
For all scholarships, the application must include:

  1. a cover letter that names the specific scholarship(s) for which the student wishes to be considered;
  2. a brief essay describing the applicant's preparation and interest in classical studies;
  3. a copy of the student's current university or high school transcript;
  4. a separate letter of recommendation from a classics professor or high school Latin teacher (letters may be sent as an email attachment to classics@utk.edu).

Students should deliver their complete application (not including the letter of recommendation) to the address above by 5:00 pm on the day of their deadline.

Please direct any questions to the department head at the departmental address, by phone at (865) 974-2723, or by email at classics@utk.edu.

Athena Travel Scholarship

The Athena Travel Fund provides annually a scholarship of up to $4,000 to participate in a program of summer travel and study or excavation in a country with primary evidence for the study of the ancient Greeks or Romans. Applicants must be currently enrolled at or admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences at UT pursuing an undergraduate degree in Classics. Students interested in this scholarship must consult the head of the Classics department (classics@utk.edu) concerning application procedures for the specific programs they wish to pursue. Since application deadlines for these programs vary widely, students are encouraged to begin consultation with the head during the fall semester before the application is due. The application deadline for the Athena Travel scholarship is February 1 of the year in which the award will be made.

Haines-Morris Travel Scholarships

Scholarships of up to $4,000 to participate in a program of summer travel and study or excavation in a country with primary evidence for the study of the ancient Greeks or Romans. The scholarship is primarily intended for advanced students (junior level or above) who plan to teach on a post-secondary or secondary level. Preference will be given first, to declared majors in Greek, Latin, or Classical Archaeology and to graduate students in Mediterranean Archaeology; second, to students in other departments or programs who are devoting a significant portion of their studies to Latin or Greek. Students interested in this scholarship must consult the head of the Classics department (classics@utk.edu) concerning application procedures for the specific programs they wish to pursue. Since application deadlines for these programs vary widely, students are encouraged to begin consultation with the head during the fall semester before the application is due. The application deadline for the Haines-Morris Travel scholarship is February 1 of the year in which the award will be made.

Dr. Susan Martin Excellence Travel Scholarship

The Dr. Susan D. Martin Excellence Endowment in Classics provides support for up to $4,000 for students in all areas of classical studies to pursue educational and research opportunities elsewhere (e.g., travel to museums, work at archaeological field projects or study abroad in a country with primary evidence for the study of the ancient Greek or Romans, attend conferences and symposiums). Applicants must be currently enrolled at or admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences at UT pursuing an undergraduate degree in Classics. Students interested in this scholarship must consult the head of the Classics department (classics@utk.edu) concerning application procedures for the specific programs they wish to pursue. Since application deadlines for these programs vary widely, students are encouraged to begin consultation with the head during the fall semester before the application is due. The application deadline for the Dr. Susan Martin Travel scholarship is February 1 of the year in which the award will be made.

The Arthur H. Moser Memorial Scholarship in Classics

The Arthur H. Moser Memorial Scholarship in Classics is provided by an endowment created by Mrs. Arthur H. Moser, the Moser family, friends, and former students in Classics of the late Professor Moser. This scholarship is for a promising student in the languages of Latin or Greek at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The holder of the scholarship must study Latin or Greek or both for two consecutive semesters and earn at least a "B" each semester in the Classical language.
In awarding the Arthur H. Moser Memorial Scholarship, the department will give preference, first, to students who major in Latin or Greek; second, to students who are prepared to study Greek or Latin on the 300 level or higher for a full year; third, to extremely promising intermediate or beginning students in Greek or Latin who are keenly interested in the classical languages. The Moser Scholarship is awarded in conjunction with a Haines-Morris Prize (see below) so that the total award equals the cost of annual in-state tuition. The application deadline for this scholarship is March 1 of the year in which the award will be made

The Albert Rapp Memorial Scholarship

The Albert Rapp Memorial Scholarship is provided by an endowment created by Dr. and Mrs. Charles C. Smeltzer and Dr. C. Clarke Smeltzer in memory of longtime Classics Professor Dr. Albert Rapp. In awarding the Albert Rapp Memorial Scholarship, the department will give preference first to students who are declared majors or minors in Classical Archaeology or Classical Civilization; second, to extremely promising students who plan to major or minor in Classical Archaeology or Classical Civilization. The Rapp Scholarship is awarded in conjunction with a Haines-Morris Award (see below). The application deadline for this scholarship is March 1 of the year in which the award will be made.

The Mildred Morris Haines and William Elijah Morris Scholarships, Awards, and Prize in Classics

The Mildred Morris Haines and William Elijah Morris Scholarships in Classics are provided by an endowment created by the late Dr. William Elijah Morris. The Department of Classics makes awards in the three categories described below (in addition to the Haines-Morris Travel scholarship, on which see above).

Haines-Morris Scholarship in Classics

A Haines-Morris scholarship funding full tuition at the in-state level to a promising student in the languages of Greek or Latin, or in Classical Archaeology, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The holder of the scholarship must study Latin or Greek or Classical Archaeology for two consecutive semesters and earn at least a B each semester. In awarding the scholarship, the department will give preference first, to students who plan to pursue a major or minor in Greek, Latin, or Classical Archaeology; second, to students who are prepared to study Greek, Latin, or Classical Archaeology at the upper division level for a full year; third, to extremely promising intermediate or beginning students in Greek, Latin, or Classical Archaeology. The application deadline for these scholarships is March 1 of the year in which the award will be made

Haines-Morris Awards in Classics

A Haines-Morris Award of $1500 awarded on a yearly basis to promising students of Greek, Latin, or Classical Archaeology at any level. The holder of the award must study Greek, Latin, or Classical Archaeology, as appropriate, for two consecutive semesters and earn at least a B each semester. This award is made in conjunction with the Albert Rapp Memorial Scholarship (see above).

Haines-Morris Prize in Classics

The Haines-Morris Prize is awarded to the recipient of the Moser Scholarship to guarantee full funding for tuition at the in-state level for the academic year. Students applying for the Moser Scholarship (see above) will automatically be considered as applicants for this award.

Dr. Susan Martin Excellence Scholarship

The Susan D. Martin Excellence Endowment in Classics provides a scholarship of $1200 awarded on a yearly basis to a promising Classics major in any area of classical studies to support their study. The holder of the scholarship must take Classics courses for two consecutive semesters and earn at least a B each semester. The application deadline for this scholarship is March 1 of the year in which the award will be made.

Robert S. McDow Scholarship

The Robert S. Scholarship Endowment is currently offered in alternate (odd-numbered) years to provide a $1,000 merit scholarship to a rising junior pursuing a major in History or Classics. The Department of Classics expects to select the first recipient in Spring 2021. The intention is that, as the endowment grows, the scholarship will be given for two years ($1,000/year), and increased up to the total cost of in-state tuition, fees, room and board, and estimated book costs for two years; eventually it may be given out concurrently in History and Classics, as funds permit.


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