Prize in race relations expands to 10 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 include 10 cities.
The program now will be offered in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago and San Francisco in addition to Boston and Washington, D.C., where it was launched in 2003, and Atlanta, St. Louis and Houston, where it was added in 2004. The program was created by alumni volunteers and is sponsored by the University’s Alumni Council.
“The success of the first two years of the Princeton Prize has been most gratifying,” said Henry Von Kohorn, chair of the Princeton Prize Committee and a 1966 graduate of the University. “This year’s expansion to a total of 10 cities puts us well on the way to achieving our ultimate objective — a prize program to which any high school age student in the country can apply.”
“This year’s expansion to a total of 10 cities puts us well on the way to achieving our ultimate objective — a prize program to which any high school age student in the country can apply.”
Applications are being accepted through Jan. 31 for prizes that will be awarded this spring. The objective of the program is not only to award student initiative with cash prizes, but also to support and encourage young people who are working to foster respect and understanding among people of different backgrounds.
“The expansion of the Princeton Prize to 10 cities across the country shows what a remarkable alumni body we have,” said Margaret Miller, director of the Office of the Alumni Association. “These are people who are devoted to making sure that the efforts of high school students who make meaningful contributions to their communities in the area of race relations get recognized and rewarded.”
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 for each city’s winner is $1,000.
Students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to participate in the awards program. Applicants must have been engaged in their volunteer project in the past 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. For more information and applications, visit the Princeton Prize Web site at www.princeton.edu/PrincetonPrize. Applications must be postmarked by Jan. 31, 2006.