Support Classics

The Classics Department welcomes gifts to help support our expanding programs. Such donations are much appreciated and always put to good use. You are encouraged to contact the department chair to discuss the department's particular needs, or donations can be made electronically through Washington University's "Gifts" page.

Under "I prefer to enter my own designation," type one of the following:

  • "Classics Department," for unrestricted gifts.
  • "Graduate Support and Recruitment Fund," to support graduate and particularly Master's students in their studies and training. 
  • "Robert Lamberton and Susan Rotroff Fund in Classics," to support summer study opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • "Kevin Herbert Memorial Fund," to support internships and special study opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • "George Pepe Scholarship Fund," to support undergraduate scholarships.
  • "Biggs Family Residency," to support the Biggs Family Residency in Classics.

Financial contributions can also be mailed to the Alumni and Development Office with a note indicating that the gift is designated for the Classics department or, if you wish, one of the funds listed above.

Washington University in St. Louis
Alumni & Development Programs
CB 1210
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130 

Ways to Give

Any gift is much appreciated. Here are a few specific ways to help.

Robert Lamberton and Susan Rotroff Fund in Classics

This fund supports summer study by undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of Classics or the Department of Art History and Archaeology whose primary interest is in the art and archaeology of ancient Greece and/or Rome.

Learn more about the fund

Kevin Herbert Memorial Fund

Herbert taught at Washington University for more than 30 years and was the author of numerous books, monographs and catalogs. His memorial fund supports internships and similar opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

Learn more about the fund

George Pepe Scholarship Fund

George Pepe retired from the Classics faculty in 2015. At George’s request, his honorary scholarship supports students of Classics or Text and Tradition with financial need.

Biggs Family Residency

Thanks to the generosity of John and Penelope Biggs, a prominent scholar in Classics has visited Washington University in St. Louis each spring since 1990. The Biggs Family Residency in Classics has included lectures and conversations in a variety of settings, with participation by Washington University students and faculty and members of the community.

Learn more about the residency

Gifts in Action

Graduate Scholarship

We received a generous gift for our MA program from Rosalind Sell, GR ’68, and immediately put it to work. The Steven F. and Rosalind Beil Sell Scholarship was awarded to new MA student Ian McNeely as part of his funding package. Ian is a 2017 graduate of Loyola University, Maryland, interested in literature and planning on pursing a PhD in Classics after the MA. A former teacher and employee of General Motors, Ms. Sell lives in Michigan but often returns to St. Louis and Classics Department events, including the recent Biggs Residency Reunion. She has been giving to Washington University for fifty-one consecutive years, frequently including Classics in her giving. In establishing a scholarship for the first time, she is fulfilling a longtime goal shared with her late husband Steve. We are tremendously grateful for this gift, and for our alumna’s remarks about the enduring value of her training in languages: “Translating requires understanding context and attention to detail – both highly transferable skills to the business world.”

gratias multas vobis agimus! 

Thank you very much!