Four Year Latin Scholarship

One full-tuition four-year scholarship is available to freshmen entering John Carroll University in the Fall of 2016 who have had at least three years of the study of Latin at the secondary level, and intend to major in Classical Languages. (Requirement to retain scholarship: “B” average in major and overall grades.) Many recipients of the Castellano Scholarship choose to major in a second field of their choice in addition to classics.

This scholarship, offered for the first time in 1982, was established in honor of Reverend Charles A. Castellano, S.J., longtime member of the Classical Languages Department, who died in 1976.

How to Apply

Recent Award Recipients

  • Gabrielle Ruchames 2009 – 2010
  • David Smith 2009 – 2010
  • Christopher Wetherill 2010 – 2011
  • James Miller 2011- 2012
  • Christopher Razek 2011 – 2012
  • Adrian Burns 2012 – 2013
  • Nathan Huber 2012 – 2013
  • Maria McKeating 2013 – 2014
  • Izabele Rubinski 2014 – 2015
  • Mallory Fitzpatrick 2015 – 2016



How to Apply

Part 1
Admission to John Carroll University

Candidates can be considered for the scholarship ONLY if they have been admitted to John Carroll University for the Fall semester, 2016.

Information about admission to John Carroll University is available at

Part 2

Deadline for completed scholarship application is February 5, 2016. The name of the recipient of the award will be announced by the end of March.

Requirements for Completing the Castellano Scholarship Application

1. A 1-2 page personal  statement about your interest in majoring in the classics, your future career goals, and your views on how a classics major may help you in reaching your career goals. Please include a phone number and e-mail address with your statement. Deadline: February 5, 2016.

2. A letter of recommendation from your Latin or Greek teacher or from a school administrator supporting your application. This letter can be sent either electronically or in hard copy, but it must come directly from the recommender. Deadline: February 5, 2016.

3. The taking of the standardized written examination:

Applicants will take a Latin exam at their own school under the proctoring of a Latin instructor. Along with your personal statement, please send the name and e-mail address of the teacher who will proctor the exam and to whom the exam should be sent. The exam must be returned to John Carroll by Friday, February 19, 2016.

4. A personal interview at John Carroll University for those who successfully complete the first three steps to determine the winner of the scholarship. This one-hour interview will be conducted during the month of March, depending upon the convenience of the applicants and staff.

5. All material and questions should be directed to:

Dr. Gwen Compton-Engle
Castellano Scholarship Committee
Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Cultures
John Carroll University
1 John Carroll Blvd.
University Heights, Ohio 44118
(216) 397- 1969

Materials may be submitted through e-mail or US mail.  In either case, letters of recommendation and exam materials should come directly from the teacher.