There is perhaps no greater challenge facing our country than increasing understanding and cooperation among people of different racial backgrounds. Princeton believes that the younger generation have a particularly important role to play, and seeks, through an annual award of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, to identify, honor and encourage young people whose efforts have had a significant, positive effect on race relations in their schools and communities. This program is sponsored by the University and carried out by alumni in 27 cities nationwide. This year, nationally, 369 students applied for the award and 23 applications were submitted in the Boston area. Prize winners receive a $1000 scholarship and their expenses are paid to attend a two-day symposium on the Princeton campus where they attend a series of workshops on race-related social issues and interact with their peers from across the country. Additional information on the PPRR can be found at http://www.princeton.edu/pprize.
Each year in Boston, our committee of local alumni awards one $1000 first prize and several Certificates of Accomplishment to a competitive pool of high school-age students.
The 2011 Boston Princeton Prize Committee is co-chaired by Fred Dashiell '76, Jim Parmentier ‘66, and Murph Shapiro '64.
Fred Dashiell '76: firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-590-5780
Jim Parmentier ’66: email@example.com, 207-721-8428
Murph Shapiro '64: firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-926-2115
The Local Boston Princeton Prize Committee has an immediate need for 3-5 new volunteers to work on our new Urban Centered Schools initiative designed to send a follow-up letter announcing the 2011 Princeton Prize program to 54 targeted area high school principals and guidance counselors and to make follow-up calls to these schools that have the largest populations of diverse student bodies and limited administrative resources to direct student candidates to the Princeton Prize program. Please contact Fred, Jim or Murph is you are interested in volunteering for these or other aspects of the program.
Alumni, high school faculty and administrators interested in more information about the Princeton Prize program may find it at http://www.princeton.edu/pprize.
Community and religious leaders interested in more information about the program are invited to contact Fred at email@example.com.
High school students interested in applying to the program are invited to contact the Princeton Prize website at http://www.princeton.edu/pprize/.
In each city where the Princeton Prize is offered the winner is awarded a $1000 scholarship and his/her expenses are paid to attend a two-day symposium on the Princeton campus to attend a series of workshops on race-related social issues and interact with peers from across the country. Several other worthy applicants are honored with "Certificates of Accomplishment." All honorees are recognized at their schools' awards assemblies and at area-wide recognition events.
Some examples of award-winning student projects are founding a 500-member youth organization to reduce gang activity; forming a diversity campaign during the 2004 presidential campaign to stress community rather than division; leading a tour through an inner-city neighborhood for suburban classmates; and making a documentary of interviews about personal views on race. The press release describes the project of the 2011 award winner, Ms. Emily Chang, and the work of the certificate winners.
The Princeton Prize was initiated in the 2003/04 academic year, with pilot programs in the Boston and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas. In the 2004/05 academic year, the program was expanded to include Atlanta, Houston, and St. Louis. The list of cities presently includes Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Connecticut, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detoit, Essex and Hudson Counties, NJ, Memphis, Nashville, New York City, Southern New Jersey, Northern New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Rochester and Seattle. Plans are underway to add additional cities, and it is hoped that the Princeton Prize will ultimately evolve into a nationally recognized awards program to which any high school age student in the country can apply.
For additional information, please visit the Princeton Prize web site.