Harry de Forest Smith Scholarship

  • For students of Greek in their senior year of high school, who have applied to Amherst College, the Department of Classics offers a first year scholarship to be awarded on the basis of a competitive examination. The examination is drawn up and scored by the Department of Classics. The name of the candidate who stands first in the examination is submitted to the Office of Admission on or before March 15. Announcement of the award will be made when the successful competitor is notified of admission to Amherst College, on or before April 15. The holder of the scholarship will be required to take one of the regular courses in the Department of Greek during the first year at Amherst.
  • An e-mail announcing the details of the examination will be sent to schools with ancient Greek programs in late November. For High School Seniors: If you have applied to Amherst College and are interested in taking this examination, please advise the teacher of Greek in your school or contact the Department of Classics, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002-5000 (, providing both the name of your school and your Teacher of Greek, who will set the place and time for the examination to be held on Friday of the second week of February (2/08/2013) in each of the schools where there is/are one or more candidate/s for the scholarship. For Teachers of Greek: Please bring this scholarship to the attention of qualified seniors who have applied to Amherst College. Please also contact the Department of Classics at Amherst College in order to add your e-mail address to our current list of schools.
  • The examination, two hours in length, is open to seniors who are in at least their second year of Greek. It will consist of a choice of two translations out of three and a brief essay on a topic connected with the study of Greek.
  • The winner will hold the scholarship for as long as he or she takes courses in Greek at Amherst College. We look forward to additional winners each year.