Wilma Hughes Ochs | LCIT | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Wilma Hughes Ochs Classics Scholarship

Annual scholarships of up to $1,000 for incoming and current Classics majors

testMrs. Wilma Hughes Ochs (1917 - 2012) received her Bachelor of Science in Latin in 1941 and a Master of Science in Education in 1949, both from SIUC. By the time of her retirement in 1976, she had been an educator for 39 years, including as a Latin teacher at Belleville East and Belleville West High Schools in Belleville, Illinois and at Collinsville High School in Collinsville, Illinois. 


The Wilma Hughes Ochs Classics Scholarship will be open to all applicants with the following qualifications, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or veteran status:

  1. The Scholarship will be available to students who are currently enrolled or have been admitted to Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  2. The award shall be given to a student enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts, Department of Languages, Cultures, and International Trade, with a specialization in Classics
  3. The recipient will be selected on the basis of the student's outstanding performance and potential in Classics


Please submit: 1) Application Form; 2) Copy of Transcript; and 3) essay to:

snail mail:   Ochs Classics Scholarship
                  Department of Languages, Cultures, and International Trade
                  1000 Faner Drive, MC 4521
                  Southern Illinois University
                  Carbondale, IL 62901

drop off:     Main office, Faner 2166

email:         sll@siu.edu

The essay should address the following question: Mrs. Wilma Ochs dedicated her life to sharing her love of Latin: for 39 years she was a teacher in schools both large and small, from one room schoolhouses to suburban high schools. For 14 years until her retirement in 1976, she taught Latin at Belleville East and West High Schools. She continues to spread her enthusiasm for Latin even now: she established this scholarship so that future generations may also study the Classics. How, then, do you envision Classics playing a part throughout your life? How do you imagine your relationship with Classics will develop three years from now, ten years from now, thirty years from now?

Informational Flyer (PDF)

awards-scholarships/Application Form

Deadline: January 31