Monday, December 14, 2009

Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Princeton University sponsors the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, an awards program for high school students in Chicago and 22 other cities who are doing exceptional work to advance the cause of race relations. The objective of the program is to support young people who are working hard to foster respect and understanding among people of different backgrounds.

First place honor for the Chicago winner is $1,000. In addition, award certificates will be given to projects that are worthy of honorable mention. Students in grades 9-12 in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs are eligible to apply. Applicants must have been engaged in their volunteer project in the past 12 months and submit a completed entry form.

The application deadline is January 31, 2010. I have attached a binder that includes the application, brochure and poster. If you know potential applicants, please pass this information along to them. All winners will be notified in writing in early April 2010.

Learn More About the Princeton Prize at Please contact me if you have any questions. Information on our past winners is below.

2009 Princeton Prize Award Recipient - Chicago

Elizabeth “Lisa” Doi, recipient of the Chicago 2009 Princeton Prize in Race Relations, was a senior at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, IL. As a freshman, Lisa attended a Student Diversity Leadership Conference. Inspired by her experience, Lisa led a group of students in creating and implementing the first-ever Diversity Day at her high school. During Diversity Day, students participate in a variety of workshops centered on issues of diversity – including race. The theme for 2009 was "Exploring Pluralism through Storytelling." Students participated in workshops that allowed them to tell their stories through art, dance, music, and writing. The day concluded with student-facilitated peer discussions. Lisa has made Diversity Day an annual tradition at her school.

2008 Princeton Prize Chicago Recipient - Nychelle Blair, Walter Payton College Prep

2007 Princeton Prize Chicago Recipient - Sally Nuamah, Jones College Prep

2006 Princeton Prize Chicago Recipient - Eunice Buhler - Lake Forest High School

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