Department of Classics

University of Mississippi

Classics Departmental Scholarships

Classics majors are eligible for several scholarships administered by the Department or the College of Liberal Arts. For information regarding loans, grants, and other scholarship opportunities, Visit the Financial Aid website: https://www.olemiss.edu/depts/financial_aid/

CLASSICS ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIPS: Declared Classics majors receive an invitation each Spring semester to apply for these scholarships to support their study in the following academic year. Deadline is in early April.

THE ALFRED WILLIAM MILDEN ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP

The scholarship fund was established in 2004 to honor Dr. Alfred William Milden (1869-1944), a native of Ontario, Canada. He earned his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1899 and joined the UM faculty in 1910 as professor of Greek. Dr. Milden was dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1920 till 1936. In 1937 he became head of the Department of Classics, a new department organized when the Latin & Greek Departments were combined, and was serving in that capacity at his death.

The recipient will be a full-time upper class student who is majoring in the fields of ancient or foreign language and have demonstrated exceptional ability, professional competence and leadership in the area of language study. First preference will be given to students who have financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Need. For additional information please contact the Departments of Classics or Modern Languages.

THE WAY, JACKSON, AND LEAVELL AWARDS FOR STUDY OF THE CLASSICS

This scholarship fund was established by Dr. Robert N. Leavell (1924-2004) of Washington, Georgia, to honor three longtime Latin teachers in Oxford & at UM, including Leavell’s mother. Dr. Evelyn Way (1904-1985) was professor of Latin & former chair of the Classics department at UM, retiring in 1972.  Harriet Jackson (1904- 1998) received her B.A. in 1924 & M.A. in 1936 from UM and joined the Modern Languages department in 1950 where she taught Latin & French for 21 years, retiring in 1970. Grace Farley Leavell (1893- 1977) received her B.A. in 1913 from UM & taught in the Classics department at The University of Mississippi and at University High School.

This scholarship recognizes achievement in the study of classics. The recipient will be a full-time student who has demonstrated academic achievement in the study of the classics. For additional information please contact the Department of Classics.

THE LIPSEY-RUBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in 1984 as a bequest of Dr. James Clare Rubright (1926-1983), who completed an M.A. in Classics at the University of Mississippi in 1950. A native of Akron, OH he received his PhD from Harvard University in 1956. He was a professor of classical archaeology and art history at the Ohio State University and between the years of 1952 and 1974 he participated in 18 archaeological excavations in Southern Arabia, Greece, and Yugoslavia. The fund honors his memory and that of Robert L. Lipsey, Jr. (1925-2009), who received his B.A. in 1950 and M.A. 1951 from UM.

The fund’s original purpose was the support of a graduate student in Classics, but the scholarship is now awarded to full-time students majoring in Classics who have a demonstrated interest in classical archaeology. For additional information please contact the Department of Classics.

THE O. J. WEBB, ROBERT POPE WEBB AND LADYE WEBB NEILSON SCHOLARSHIP

Dan Camp, developer of the renowned “Cotton District” in Starkville and former mayor of that city, established this scholarship in 2004 in honor of his uncles and aunt, all graduates of the University of Mississippi and natives of Guntown, MS.  O. J. Webb (1901-1963) received his BS from UM in 1922. His brother, Robert Pope Webb (1908-1991) received his BA & MA from UM & in 1931 taught Spanish, French, & Greek at Jones County Jr. College. Their sister, Ladye Webb Neilson (1922- 2012) received her B.A. from UM in 1949.

The scholarship is awarded to a full-time student majoring in Classics to recognize academic achievement in the study of Classics. For additional information please contact the Department of Classics.

ROLLING APPLICATIONS: Classics majors  may apply for support from the McDonnell Endowment at any time. Requests will be considered as they are received.

MIKE AND MARY MCDONNELL ENDOWMENT IN CLASSICS AWARDS

This endowment was established in 2009 by Mike and Mary “Bickie” McDonnell of Memphis, TN to support students in the Department of Classics. The McDonnells consider the classics to be the focal point of a well-rounded liberal arts education. Mary earned her BA from Mary Baldwin College in 1964 & MA from Memphis State University. Mike was an American history major at Yale University and attributes much of the mental acumen that allowed him to build international hardware distribution company Orgill to his early training in Latin.

McDonnell Endowment funds are awarded to full-time students majoring in Classics with first priority given to support for study abroad experiences in Classics. For additional information please contact the Department of Classics.

BY NOMINATION ONLY: No advance application is necessary for this award; eligibility is determined and nominations are made by the College of Liberal Arts and the relevant department chairs.

HATTIE BURKE JACKSON COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established in 2004 by the estate of University of Mississippi alumna Harriet Jackson, who earned her B.A \.in 1924 and her M.A. in 1936 and joined the Modern Languages department in 1950 where she taught Latin & French for 21 years, retiring in 1970. The scholarship honors Ms. Jackson’s mother, Hattie Talbert Burke Jackson (1868-1917), a Water Valley native who died at the age of 49; her obituary in the Water Valley Progress describes her as “a splendid woman, active in every civic and benevolent work.” Her early passing left Harriet and her three sisters to be raised by their father, Water Valley physician Dr. Manuel Winter Jackson.

This scholarship provides assistance to female students who are majoring in one of the following fields: Classics, English, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Physics, the recipient must be a resident of Yalobusha, Calhoun, Lafayette, or Grenada Counties, and must maintain a 3.0 G.P.A. on all courses. For additional information please contact the Departments of Classics, English, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, or Physics and Astronomy.