For HS students: Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Posted by Princeton University on November 6, 2017

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations recognizes and rewards high school students who advance race relations within their schools or communities through their volunteer efforts. The Prize consists of a $1,000 cash award as well as participation in the Annual Symposium on Race at Princeton University. The Philadelphia Princeton Prize Committee invites all members of the Philadelphia area Princeton community to spread the word of the Prize to high school students and those who work with or mentor these students. As well, the Committee welcomes volunteers from the Princetonians to join the Philadelphia Committee. For more information, please contact Jerry Porter ’58 at

What is the Princeton Prize in Race Relations?
Each year, Princeton University sponsors an awards program for high school students committed to advancing the cause of race relations within their communities. Winners receive a prize of $1,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to Princeton University to attend the Princeton Prize Symposium on Race.

Why recognize race relations leadership at the high school level?
There is perhaps no greater challenge facing our country than increasing understanding and cooperation among people of diverse racial backgrounds. We believe that high school students have a particularly important role to play in shaping the perspectives and conversations for an entire generation, and for making immediate, lasting, positive changes within their communities.

Who should apply for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations?
Any current 9th-12th grade student who in the past 12 months has been actively involved in a volunteer effort that has positively impacted race relations in his or her school or community is encouraged to apply. Students from participating geographic regions are eligible to win the Princeton Prize: students from other regions will be considered for a Certificate of Accomplishment.

What is the application process?
Students must complete and submit (online or by mail) Part I of a two-part application form available at Part II of the application must be submitted by the student’s supporter. Any adult (not related to the candidate) who is familiar with the activity may provide a supporting statement on behalf of the student. This includes teachers, advisers, community leaders, or religious leaders. Applications must be received by January 31.

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