Support a Prize Book Award
The Harvard Prize Book Committee
Chair: Ronnie Friedman-Barone; EdM 1985, Adj.Fac. HDS 1992-2000
What is the Harvard Prize Book?
Since 1910, Harvard Clubs throughout the nation have awarded Prize Books to outstanding high school juniors. The program's goals are to recognize outstanding students and encourage qualified students to consider Harvard for their college plans.
The Harvard Club of San Diego has awarded Prize Books and Certificates of Merit to students in San Diego and Imperial Counties since 1957. The book, entitled "The Harvard Book," is a compilation of essays written by Harvard students, faculty and administrators going back to 1643.
Students are nominated by their guidance counselors. Over the years, the Prize Book Committee has selected its recipients in a variety of ways: nominees have met in groups to discuss relevant topics or have written essays. In 2006, the students were asked to write a 500 word essay entitled, "What Have I Really Learned in High School?" The program's value was demonstrated this past year when 24% of recipients -- compared to the international rate of 9% -- were accepted to Harvard College.
Every year, the Harvard Club of San Diego holds a reception to present the Prize Book awards. The winners and their families, favorite teachers, guidance counselors and principals are invited. It is an opportunity for those not familiar with Harvard to learn more about the university, to meet with alumni from Harvard's undergraduate and graduate programs, and to break down sterotypes.
How can you Support the Prize Book?
1) Join the Prize Book Committee. If you are interested in joining the Prize Book Committee, please contact Ronnie Friedman-Barone, firstname.lastname@example.org, 619.546.9875.
Contibute to the Book Prize. $25 supports one award. To contribute the Prize Book, click HERE.
To learn more about the Prize Book, visit the Official Prize Book web site.