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An Overview of the Princeton Prize

In order to recognize, support, and encourage the young people of our country who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the cause of positive race relations, Princeton University sponsors an annual awards program for high school students — the Princeton Prize in Race Relations. Applications postmarked by January 31, 2016, will be eligible for prizes — including cash awards up to $1,000 for particularly noteworthy work.

  • If you are a high school student involved in an activity that is helping to improve race relations in your school or community, we want to hear from you.
  • If you know of a high school student who is helping to improve race relations, please encourage him or her to apply.

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations was created to identify and commend young people who are working to increase understanding and mutual respect among all races. Through this effort, we hope to inspire others to join in these or similar efforts, and to undertake initiatives of their own.

Princeton is strongly committed to advancing the cause of race relations on its campus. Among other efforts, in recent years, Princeton has:

  • Increased the diversity of its faculty, staff, and student body
  • Launched the Center for African American Studies to serve as a model for teaching and research on race in America
  • Adopted the most progressive undergraduate financial aid program in the country
  • Dedicated the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding
  • Launched a program of "sustained dialogue" on the subject of race relations among students, faculty, and staff.

With the Princeton Prize, the University intends to reach beyond its own campus to recognize the efforts of America's next generation of leaders.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Princeton Prize Symposium:
April 24-25, 2015

View the 2015 program [PDF]

Application deadline:
January 31, 2016

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