ACL wants to help our members enhance their teaching by encouraging them to travel, take courses, attend professional meetings, and engage in professional development that is concerned with Latin, Greek and the ancient world where these languages prevailed.
Our scholarships honor some of the past leaders of the organization:
Glenn Knudsvig, Arthur Patch McKinlay, Maureen O’Donnell and Ed Phinney 
Donations to the ACL Scholarship fund are always welcome.



  • ACL members at all levels of teaching are eligible to apply
  • Must be a member of ACL for at least 3 consecutive years, including this current year and the two preceding years. Undergraduate students, graduate students and new teachers with less than 3 years experience are exempt from the requirement of three consecutive years of membership.  
  • ACL scholarship recipients may apply every 4 years


  • Registration, room, board and travel for attendance at ACL Institute
  • Purchase of materials from the ACL Teaching Materials and Resource Center
  • Expenses connected with enrollment in classes required for Latin Certification
  • Bona fide summer study programs at home or abroad


  •  Awards range from $250 - $2000


  • January 15 and March 15. 

 All applications will have an equal chance to receive funding. The Scholarship Committee wants to ensure that funding is available for attendance at Institute once pricing is announced March 1.

The application form is a fillable form which you can download. After you have completed the application you may attach as an email and send to the ACL Office.


Complete the Scholarship Report form by September 15 and send your receipts to the ACL Office. Both steps are needed for reimbursement. 

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Maura Burke teaches Latin at Decatur High School in Georgia. She has taught for 18 years and received an ACL Scholarship to participate in the Vergilian Society's "Latin Aauthors in Italy" tour.  

Thanks to the incredible generosity of the American Classical League’s scholarship program, I was able to partake in the most meaningful and impactful professional learning experience of my career thus far. It is not an exaggeration to say that the "Latin Authors in Italy" Study Tour led by Amy Leonard and Steven Tuck was not just a professional development experience that will affect how I teach Latin to my high school students, it was truly one of the most rewarding and enjoyable travel experiences I have had in my life.
I had been to Italy once before for my honeymoon, 15 years earlier, in December of 2002. Italy in July was a totally different experience for me. It was hot (so hot), there was a drought, everything was dry, the nasoni (the iconic public drinking fountains in Rome) were being shut off to conserve water, and Mount Vesuvius was literally ON FIRE. None of this deterred me. Summer Italy captivated me. The outdoor cafes, the bustling piazzas, the pomegranates and lemons ripening in the sunshine - I loved it all. Although I had been to Rome before, nothing compares to having a classical archaeologist to tie together to history, civilization, architecture, art and geography of the city. Steve’s knowledge is vast, and his humor and enthusiasm were as deep as his patience for our endless questions. As if Steve’s fascinating lectures weren’t enough, there were readings from ancient sources to go along with every site we visited, more than we were able to read during our busy days even. Favorite memories from Rome include walking on the Circus Maximus, seeing the Ara Pacis, which had been closed for construction when I had been to Rome before, and the tour of the Palatine Hill.
If our tour had ended in Rome, I would have considered it a worthwhile trip, but we had so much more to do. Our tour was really just getting started. A bus ride with a stop at Sperlonga to see the amazing cave dining room of Emperor Tiberius and a chance to wade on the beach after lunch was a lovely way to make our way down to the Villa Vergiliana. The Villa was the perfect setting for Amy’s classroom sessions and evening reading group. The classroom sessions were so thoughtfully prepared, and included a wide variety of techniques, strategies, and hands on activities that I can’t wait to try out with my students. We played Roman board games, shared ideas for incorporating mythology, history and art into our Latin classes, and discussed vocabulary retention and preparing students for reading “real” Latin and the AP test.
It is impossible to estimate the effect that this experience will have on my teaching and the ways it will benefit my students. I am already incorporating more art and mythology into my Latin classes, and I have plans to do the curse tablets, graffiti, and board games later in the year. My Latin Authors Tour is a daily source of conversation in my class because I have added about a hundred photos from my trip into my screen saver so that they randomly pop up on my ActiveBoard when my computer is plugged into my projector. I have made a point to draw my students’ attention to several photographs. The house of Caecilius Iucundus, the cave canem mosaics, and the Forum of Pompeii are familiar by now. And my students regularly ask questions about other photos that they see. I love introducing them to the Ara Pacis, the Pantheon, the Imperial Palace at Capri, Solfatara, Vergil’s tomb, and all the other amazing sites I had the opportunity to visit. Even pictures of gelato and fried zucchini blossoms are topics of conversation. When I was in high school, my French teacher made a point of saying “when you go to France...” to plant in our heads the idea that we would be travelers, that we would see the Monets, and the chauteax, and the Eiffel Tower with our own eyes. I now tell my own students “When you go to Italy...” to plant that same seed in their heads. And to be honest, I can’t wait to go back myself. Maybe next year my students and I will go together.