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Classics scholar inspires others

Andrew Lund

Andrew Lund was drawn to Grand Valley State University because of his familiarity with the campus, as both of his sisters graduated from GVSU.  Initially a Biomedical Sciences major, Lund switched his major to Classics after his first class in the Honors program: Classical World Civilization.

“I absolutely loved it and I found myself leaving class and wanting to read more Greek and Latin works,” said Lund, who is originally from Highland. “I changed my major because I feel that you should do what you love.”

As a junior, Lund was encouraged by Professor Diane Rayor to apply for the Manson A. Stewart Scholarship. The scholarship, presented by the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, supports six undergraduates in the region by awarding them each $1,000. This is the second straight year in which a Grand Valley undergraduate has been awarded the scholarship.

Lund wrote an essay when he applied for the scholarship that focused on the relationship of Classics with the push for universal health care.

“Not many people know about Classics, which is sad,” said Lund. “I can't think of a major that wouldn't benefit from the skills of learning Greek and Latin.”

Lund said he has plans to attend graduate school, travel and eventually inspire students to study Classics as Grand Valley faculty members have encouraged him.

by Heather DeWitt

This story was filed with the tags: Classics, Scholarships