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Discovered by Ann Killebrew in 1982, these coins are part of the Qatsrin coin hoard-a hoard of over 8,500 fourth century Roman coins, now in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Scholarships and Awards



Students who excel in the study of Greek and/or Latin after two semesters are eligible for induction, upon the recommendation of faculty members, into the Classics honor society Eta Sigma Phi, a nationwide student organization that promotes the study of Classics. Consult the undergraduate advisor for details.



Faculty nominate students for The Robert E. Dengler Classics Prize. This is awarded each spring to the year's "outstanding" student majoring in any area of Classical Studies. The Robert F. Dengler Classics Prize, established in honor of a long-time member of the Department of Classics faculty, is awarded to the student who has compiled the most outstanding academic record in any area of Classical Studies in the year of graduation. The prize includes a modest cash award and a copy of the commemorative volume compiled by his colleagues in honor of Dr. Dengler.

Faculty nominate students for The Benjamin F. Keller Latin Prize. This prize is awarded to a student who has compiled a superior record in Latin studies in his or her third year. The award was established in memory of Mr. Keller in 1938.

The Reverend Thomas Bermingham, S.J. Scholarship in the Classics was created by Penn State's football coach, Joe Paterno, honoring his high school Latin teacher.  The Bermingham Scholarship provides recognition and financial assistance to full-time Penn State undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in Greek and or Latin studies in the College of the Liberal Arts at University Park. Bermingham Scholarship are awarded on a competitive basis. See the undergraduate adviser or the associate head for the formal application form, which must be submitted (along with supporting documents) by early April.

The Eugene N. Borza Award in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies honors and recognizes outstanding achievement by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State who are participating in the education abroad program in Athens. The award was created by and is named for Professor Emeritus of Ancient History Eugene N. Borza, an expert on Greek history-- particularly Macedonia and its rulers--who was a member of the Department of History faculty for many years and also served as Head of the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies. Professor Borza initiated the Athens Program and directed it for two years.

Faculty nominate students for The Gary and Laura Knoppers Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies Study Abroad Endowment. This award is, as its formal title indicates, intended to support undergraduate and graduate student study and research abroad. The award was established by the Knoppers family and several CAMS faculty.

Faculty nominate students for the Robert G. Price Award in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies. The Price award was funded to advance the program goals of CAMS and is often used to support student summer study and research abroad. This award was established to honor Robert Price, a long-term Penn State philosophy professor with a sincere and informed interest in ancient Mediterranean studies, especially Greek philosophy and literature.

Student Testimonial

“The day I changed my major to Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies was one of the happiest of my college career.  Even before switching to CAMS,  I was interested in what the department had to offer. (...)
An undergraduate advisor suggested LATIN 003 as a way of easing into college life, as I had taken Latin classes throughout high school and had performed well on the Advanced Placement exams.  The beginning was rough, but I enjoyed the challenge of translating Latin prose and the information that the texts conveyed.  Although I pursued an Advertising degree during my first two years of college, I continued to sign up for Latin courses, and by the end of my sophomore year, I had realized that Classics, not Advertising, was the right major for me. In addition to the Latin courses, I also studied the ancient civilizations of Rome, Greece, and Egypt in the CAMS major.  All of these classes were interesting, educational, and taught by knowledgeable faculty members.   The CAMS faculty is always helpful; they provide insight into the class material and make suggestions for outside reading during office hours and after class.  When I wrote my senior thesis for the Honors College, I received much help from the CAMS faculty while researching and writing the thesis.  Now that I have received my diplomas from Penn State, both in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Spanish, I have decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Education.  I have been accepted at the Complutense University of Madrid, one of the oldest universities in Europe, to study secondary education, specializing in classical languages.  I am confident that the education I received at Penn State, notably in the CAMS department, will aid me greatly in my postgraduate studies and in securing a teaching job, whether in the United States, Spain, or elsewhere.”

Celia Meehan
2010 CAMS graduate

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