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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the Princeton Prize?

Any student currently enrolled in grades 9–12 in participating regions.

What activities will qualify for Princeton Prize consideration?

The candidate must have been actively involved in a volunteer activity in the last 12 months that has had a significant, positive impact on race relations — broadly defined — in his or her school or community.

How does the application process work?

The application form has two parts — Part I to be completed and submitted online or mailed by the candidate and Part II by his or her supporter. If needed, the forms can be downloaded and printed from the application section of this site. If you would like us to mail you forms, please refer to the contact information below.

Who may be a supporter?

Any adult (not related to the candidate) who is familiar with the activity — such as a teacher, adviser, community leader, religious leader or neighbor — may provide a supporting statement.

How will successful candidates be recognized?

In each region, there will be a $1,000 Prize (which may be shared by two individual applicants or split between two or three group applicant winners). Individual Prize winners will be invited to Princeton University to participate in the Princeton Prize Symposium on Race in the spring. If a Prize is awarded to a group, the National Board of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations will support only one attendee per group project to attend the Symposium. 

Other honorees will receive Certificates of Accomplishment. We expect that the awards will be presented at a local awards ceremony and announcements about winners will be sent to local press and posted on the Princeton Prize website.

What tax documentation needs to be submitted to receive the cash component of the Princeton Prize?

All Prize recipients need to submit IRS form W-9 or form W-8BEN to receive their cash award check. Consult for form requirements.

Can more than one candidate receive recognition for the same activity?

Yes, individual applicants who were involved in the same project may be selected to share the prize (if they had an equal role) or one may receive a prize and another, a certificate. While individual applications are strongly preferred, groups of no more than three students may apply for the Prize if each member of the group had an equal role. Each individual candidate must submit a separate application describing his or her personal role as part of the group application. If a group receives the Prize, it will be divided among the individuals in the group.

Is there any limit to the number of honorees within a school or organization?

There is no limit. We encourage everyone doing good work in the area of race relations to apply.

Is there any relationship between consideration for the Princeton Prize and admission to Princeton University?

There is no relationship between the Princeton Prize in Race Relations and admission to Princeton University.

What is the deadline for applications?

Applications must be submitted online or mailed and postmarked by January 31, 2017,  to: The Princeton Prize in Race Relations, Alumni Association of Princeton University, P. O. Box 291, Princeton, New Jersey 08542-0291.

When will winners be notified?

All winners will be notified in April.

Who can be contacted for further information or clarification?

The easiest way to obtain information is to e-mail the Princeton Prize Office at You may also call 800-742-1036.

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