Thanks to generous financial aid, Zachary Elliott, MA'17, can grow as a classics scholar
Zachary Elliott, MA'17, was very excited about being accepted to the Ancient Greek and Roman Studies (AGRS) program at Brandeis, but he had a major concern. “I thought that I would not be able to attend because of financial issues,” he says, “so I was considering post-baccalaureate programs to improve my language skills while working and waiting for the next round of graduate school applications.” Then Andrew Koh, the co-director of graduate study for the program, told him that he had been offered the Diversity Excellence and Inclusion Scholarship (DEIS).
The DEIS award is designed to enable students from non-traditional backgrounds — including first-generation college graduates like Elliott — to benefit from a world-class Brandeis education. “I was interested in the opportunity but did not expect to receive the scholarship,” he says. “When I heard I had been selected, I was thrilled and knew I wanted to come to Brandeis.”
Elliott, a New Jersey native, earned his bachelor’s degree at the College of New Jersey. The college does not offer a classical studies major, so he created a self-designed major in the field, taking independent study courses on Latin and Greek and extending his education while studying abroad in Britain. He graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a double major in classical studies and history. He was interested in the AGRS program at Brandeis “because it afforded the opportunity not only to increase my exposure to the ancient languages, but also to help me grow as a scholar.”