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Princeton Prize in Race Relations expands to three new cities

Princeton NJ -- The Princeton Prize in Race Relations, an awards program for high school students who are doing exceptional work in their schools or communities to advance the cause of race relations, has expanded to three new cities.

Launched as a pilot during the 2003-04 school year in Boston and Washington, D.C., the program is now being offered in Atlanta, Houston and St. Louis. The program was created by alumni volunteers and sponsored by the University's Alumni Council.

'The program was a tremendous success, and there were public and alumni requests to introduce it in other cities . . .''

''The program was a tremendous success, and there were public and alumni requests to introduce it in other cities,'' said Henry Von Kohorn, chair of the Princeton Prize Committee and a 1966 graduate of the University. ''We were greatly impressed by the commitment to improving race relations demonstrated by our prize applicants and the quality of the work they presented to the judging committees.''

The objective of the program is not only to give out awards and cash prizes, but to support and encourage young people who are working hard to foster respect and understanding among people of different backgrounds.

The awards program was developed and is administered by the Princeton Prize Committee, which consists of University alumni, administrators and students. Project entries will be eligible for various prizes, including cash awards; the first-place honor is $1,000.

Students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 can participate in the awards program. Applicants must have been engaged in their volunteer project in the last 12 months.

The application has two parts, one for the student and another to be completed by an adult supporter (who is not related to the candidate) such as a teacher, guidance counselor, religious leader or neighbor. Applications are available online at <Web site>. They must be postmarked by Jan. 31, 2005. Winners will be announced in spring 2005.