Harvard Prize Books

Established in 1910, the Harvard Prize Book program is an important way for the Harvard Club of Cape Cod to recognize outstanding local high school juniors and to encourage qualified students to consider applying to Harvard College. Harvard prize books are awarded annually to high school juniors selected by each participating high school. This election is based on academic excellence, significant contribution to school or community, and exceptional personal qualities.

Students receiving the honor will be presented with a book by a noted Harvard author or about a Harvard related subject. One book chosen regularly is The Harvard Book by William Bentinck-Smith ’37, a collection of writings about Harvard. Through the Harvard Prize Book we hope to raise the visibility of Harvard College among local high schools and to encourage outstanding students to consider applying to Harvard.

Prize Books are awarded without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or political beliefs. Additionally, it is at the discretion of the secondary school to determine the recipient of a Prize Book. Selection cannot be done through an application process.