Harvard book prize

Nominate a high school to participate, sponsor a Book Prize

The Harvard Book Prize program is an important way for local alumni to recognize students in our community. In the greater Baltimore area and throughout Maryland, Harvard Book Awards are presented annually 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.

This year, The Harvard Club of Maryland, 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 his 10 years of interviews with Harvard seniors. Professor Light answers 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. If you would like to sponsor a book prize, please click on the Donate tab under Get Involved and follow the instructions. It is only $25 to sponsor a Book Prize! If you would like to nominate an area high school, please contact Emily Nielson with the high school contact information at