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A fund to support deserving students with financial need and pursuing an academic program in Classical Languages or Classical Studies. First preference will be given to juniors or seniors with a declared major or minor in these areas. Established by Ruth Todd, Professor Emerita of Classics, in honor of her longtime friend and mentor, Jacob E. Nyenhuis. The first recipient of the scholarship was chosen in the fall of 2001.

This national honorary organization was founded in 1914 at the University of Chicago for men and women studying Greek and/or Latin. Since 1958, Hope College has been home to the Gamma Rho chapter. The chapter sponsors social activities which enhance the members' affection for Classics.

To be eligible for selection, students must have completed the introductory sequence of a classical language, performed well academically in that language, and have demonstrated a broad interest in the Classics.


Each year near the end of April, the college meets for an Honors Convocation. Several awards for students of Classics are presented at this time.

Established in 1992 by an anonymous Friend and Supporter of the College who wished to recognize and promote the study of the Greek and Latin languages and literatures, the prize honors the memory of Ruth Todd, Professor of Classics and Chair of the Department of Modern & Classical Languages (1979-1984). Professor Todd entered graduate study and the professoriate late in life, and had a deep love for teaching and the Classics.

This prize is awarded to a student who has completed at least two years of study of either Greek or Latin and a minimum of one CLAS-labeled course, and who, in the judgement of the Classics faculty, has excelled in this study. Preference is given to students who are members of the Eta Sigma Phi fraternity.

This award was created in honor of a man who taught at Hope College for nearly 40 years until his retirement in 1966. Professor Wolters was responsible for the founding of the Gamma Rho chapter of Eta Sigma Phi. Since, as a hobby, he was a nurseryman of evergreen shrubs, he also is fittingly memorialized by the landscaping in front of Kollen Hall.

The Wolters Classics Award is a bookstore certificate, given to a student with an outstanding record of performance in advanced Latin classes or in Classical Studies courses.

A senior award, given to a graduating student who is a member of the Classics honorary society. The student who receives this bookstore certificate will have achieved special distinction in advanced work in Classics.


CAMWS is the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. As an institutional member of CAMWS, Hope College each year may honor a student for outstanding accomplishment in Classical Studies with this award, which includes individual membership in the Association and subscription to its journal and newsletter.