July 26, 2012

Meyer-Simon Latin Scholarship

Gerald A. Meyer’s passion in life was education. He dedicated his life to teaching. For over three decades, he made a dead language come alive for students in Saginaw Township Schools. As the district’s Latin teacher, Gerry donned a toga for special events and went by the formal title of “Magister” inside his classroom, taking his students back to Roman times. Along with teaching, Gerry shared his love of education and travel, taking hundreds of area students to see first-hand the places he taught about.

Gerry graduated with an B.A. in Latin from the University of Michigan in 1969. He continued his education at Saginaw Valley State University with a M.A.T. in teaching. Besides teaching at Heritage High School, he was also an Adjunct Professor of Latin at Saginaw Valley State University. Gerry received Saginaw Township’s Teacher of the Year award in 1983. He was active in various capacities in the promotion of foreign language serving as the president of the Michigan Foreign Language Association in 1979, 1989 and 1999. Gerry was also involved with the Junior Classical League of Michigan.

The primary purpose of this scholarship is to foster the study of Latin and to reward those students who excel in the study of Latin. The secondary purpose of the scholarship is to advance the study of foreign language and to reward those students who excel in its study.


  • 2.5 minimum GPA
  • Graduating high school senior from Heritage High School
  • Must have successfully completed Latin at Heritage High School  and will major in a degree program that requires at least one college level Latin class be completed
  • Full-time enrollment
  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree

Evaluation Criteria

  • Overall involvement in work, school, and community activities (30)
  • Scholastic record (20)
  • Special skills (20)
  • Extracurricular/school activities (10)
  • Leadership skills (10)
  • Financial need (10)

Special Attachment Required

Please refer to the online scholarship application for more information