Neely Fund


James P. Neely Memorial Fund

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October 9, 1981- April 22, 2010

Jim Neely’s life was greatly touched by his experiences as a student in the University at Buffalo Classics department. He had an unparalleled love of learning and delighted in the pursuit of knowledge. He was fascinated most by history and had a unique ability to make the subject interesting to those around him. His family appreciates the encouragement and inspiration the Classics department gave Jim, and celebrates his dedication to education by offering financial assistance in his honor to inspire UB classics students through his example.

Fund Details

The James P. Neely Memorial Fund offers approximately $2,000 per year to support the study of the classics by UB students. All University at Buffalo declared Classics Majors and Classics M.A. and Ph.D. students are eligible to receive funding.  Funds can be used for educational expenses, travel or study abroad, or other purposes deemed by Classics Department faculty as advancing the student’s experience and understanding of the classical world. Depending upon the applications received in a given year, financial assistance may be offered in total to one student, or divided to support the proposals of more than one.

Applicants should either email their materials to Classics Department secretary Alison Blaszak ( with the subject line “Neely Fund Application,” or drop them off in person at 338 MFAC. The deadline for receipt of applications is March 1, 5PM. Recipients will be announced by April 1.

The application consists of:

1. A CV with contact information.

2. One letter of recommendation from a Classics Department faculty member.

3. A 2-5 page proposal, including:

a. A statement of proposed use of the funds. Give a plan for their use and your explanation of why this plan makes sense for you. Indicate what other funds are available to you for this purpose, including personal sources or any other sources you have applied to or intend to apply to. If your application is for travel, indicate briefly any previous travel abroad and its purpose.

b. A statement of your interest in classics, including your particular focus. What excites you about classics? If you are an undergraduate, describe how you see the study of classics as helping you and enriching your life in the future. If you are a graduate student, describe how this fund will help advance your intellectual interests in classics and advance your career goals.

Successful recipients must submit a 1-3 page report (accompanying photographs are encouraged) to the Classics Department explaining how assistance from the James P. Neely Fund helped their study of classics by June 1 of the following year to remain in good standing in their program.