FAQs

Who is eligible for the Princeton Prize?

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?

What activities will qualify for Princeton Prize consideration?

We will consider any volunteer activity that has been undertaken by a high school student within the last 12 months and that has had a significant, positive impact on race relations in your school or community. Students who have worked as part of a group are asked to apply individually, highlighting their specific contribution to the work accomplished.

How does the application process work?

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.  The forms may be submitted online or you can download and print the Princeton Prize Application [PDF]. If you would like us to mail you forms, please refer to the contact information below.

Who may be a supporter?

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?

How will successful candidates be recognized?

In each region, committees will chose qualified students for recognition as the Prize recipient or as a Certificate of Accomplishment recipient. The Prize recipient will receive a check for $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Princeton University to participate in the annual Princeton Prize Symposium on Race. Regional committees will present the awards at a local awards ceremony and announcements about Prize recipients will be sent to local press and posted on the Princeton Prize website. Additionally, the regional committee will try to recognize the student at his/her school during a school awards assembly.

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

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 http://www.irs.gov for form requirements.

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

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

Individual applicants who were involved in the same activity must each submit a separate application detailing his/her personal role in the activity. While the region may choose to recognize the activity, only one applicant will be chosen to win the Princeton Prize; other participants may be recognized with Certificates of Accomplishment. In very rare cases, the region may feel that the activity is so significant that all applicants merit being recognized as winning the Prize. In these cases, these applicants will share the prize money but only one applicant will travel to Princeton for the Symposium. 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. 

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

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

There is no limit on the number of Certificates of Accomplishment given each year. We only, however, award one Prize per region. 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?

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?

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, NJ 08542-0291

When will Prize recipients be notified?

When will Prize recipients be notified?

All Prize recipients will be notified in April.

Who can be contacted for further information or clarification?

Who can be contacted for further information or clarification?

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

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