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.
The H. Jesse Arnelle Scholarship in the Classics is the result of a realized bequest from the estate of Jesse Arnelle, an extraordinarily successful Penn State basketball and football All-American and an accomplished attorney, who died on October 20, 2020. Jesse Arnelle was elected Penn State University’s first Black student body president in 1954 and the first Black member of Penn State’s Board of Trustees in 1969, where he served for more than four decades. In 1996, he was elected first Black chair of the Board of Trustees. Jesse Arnelle documented his estate gift in 2008 honoring Coach Joe Paterno who played an enormous role in Jesse’s Penn State athletic contributions. For more information, see his obituary .
Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to full-time undergraduate students who are enrolled or plan to enroll in the College of the Liberal Arts, who are pursuing a course of study in the classics, and who manifest promise of outstanding academic success.
At Jesse Arnelle’s express request, first preference shall be given to students who are first-generation college students and who contribute to the diversity of the student body.