Harvard Book Award

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Harvard Book Award

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Harvard Club receives no financial assistance from Harvard University and is dependent on membership dues, event revenue, and donations to fund our operations and charitable work

The Harvard Prize Book Program is an important way for local alumni to recognize students in our community. In the greater DC area, Harvard Prize Books are presented annually in more than 75 high schools to an outstanding student in the junior class who combines excellence in scholarship and high character with achievement in other fields. The selected student typically receives the award at the school’s graduation exercise or other awards program.

The Harvard Club of Washington, DC, has chosen Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds, by Richard J. Light PhD ’69, as the designated book. This book offers concrete advice from Professor Light’s 10 years of interviews with Harvard seniors, addressing fundamental questions: How do you choose classes wisely? What is the best way to study? Why do some professors inspire you while others leave you cold? How can you connect what you’re learning in the classroom with the rest of life? Filled with practical advice, illuminated with stories of real students’ self-doubts, failures, discoveries, and hopes, the book is a handbook for academic and personal success.

The Harvard Club handles all the details and will contact the school to arrange for the awarding of the prize. Often the alumnus/alumna who donated the book is invited to present the award in a ceremony at the school.

To sponsor a tax-deductible book or books for $25 each, providing support for the Harvard Prize Book Program, please considering donating to the right.

Want to get involved?

There are lots of ways to get involved with the DC-area Harvard community.  Local alumni sponsor book prizes, interview candidates for college admissions, participate in our community service activities, and help organize events like panel discussions, museum trips, and language tables.  Bring your questions and ideas to our enthusiastic Executive Director, Julia Cain, julia@harvard-dc.org.