The Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Hundreds of high school students apply each year to receive the Princeton Prize in Race Relations with encouragement from Princeton alumni across the country. Alumni work in regional committees to identify and award outstanding students who are working to advance racial equity in order to promote respect and understanding of all. For many alumni, being part of a Princeton Prize committee is one of the most meaningful ways to volunteer for Princeton.

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The Princeton Prize 2020!

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2020 Princeton Prize recipients and their award-winning work

About the Princeton Prize

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations recognizes and rewards high school students who, through their volunteer activities, have undertaken significant efforts to advance racial equity and understanding in their schools or communities. PPRR has honored more than 1,600 high school students since its inception.

PPRR operates through 28 Regional Committees and an at-large committee that accepts applications from high school students who live outside the geographic boundaries of the existing regions. Each committee is responsible for awarding one Princeton Prize and may also award Certificates of Accomplishment for notable work.


“We have listened, learned and continue to learn, so much from the efforts of these young leaders as they advocate for and amplify the voices and lives of those who have been marginalized for far too long. They give us hope and are a reminder that each of us has the power to make a difference through important conversations, advocacy and allyship.”

— Committee on Princeton Prize in Race Relations


Each of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations recipients receives an award of $1,000 and is invited to participate in a Symposium on Race, which will be held virtually this year in June 2021. During the symposium, recipients will have the opportunity to meet and learn from other Princeton Prize recipients from across the country and to speak with others engaged in racial justice work and scholarship. Prize recipients and Certificate of Accomplishment recipients are also recognized at ceremonies in their home regions by local Princeton alumni.

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations is run by over 400 Princeton alumni volunteers, all dedicated to an inclusive and supportive society, who feel that it is critical to this nation to address issues of racial inequity and develop better racial understanding.

Alumni of Princeton University who would like to volunteer with the Princeton Prize should contact

Get Involved with the Princeton Prize

Racial conflict is perhaps the most critical domestic issue this country faces. By recognizing, rewarding and reinforcing the good work of high school students who are making a difference, the Princeton Prize hopes to promote better race relations now and provide an impetus for other young people to work towards racial understanding in the future — an activity truly "in the nation's service and the service of humanity." 

Join a Regional Princeton Prize Committee

Get involved with the Prize by joining a regional committee. In this role, you will actively encourage local high school students working in racial equity to apply for the prize and work alongside other regional volunteers to choose the prize and certificate recipients for their regions.


Princeton Prize Symposium on Race

Sponsored by the class of 1966, the Princeton Prize Symposium on Race is an annual gathering to recognize the regional Princeton Prize winners. Held virtually this year, this event includes presentations by the winners, as well as conversations and workshops on race relations with local high school students, Princeton students, alumni and faculty.

Committee Members and Leadership