For High School Juniors: Apply to receive the Harvardwood Prize

We are now accepting applications from high school juniors to receive the Harvardwood Prize, founded to recognize and celebrate the artistic accomplishments and potential of high school students who exemplify Harvardwood's mission:

Celebrating and supporting lives in the arts, media, and entertainment for the Harvard community and beyond.

In light of Harvard University's robust arts communities and arts education opportunities, we hope the Harvardwood Prize will encourage high school students to apply to the College. The Prize will be awarded annually to a high school junior (rising senior) who plans to apply for admission to Harvard College in the fall of their senior year and who has demonstrated excellence in their dedication to the arts/media/entertainment and its power to enact positive social change.

Members of the Harvardwood Board will review each student's application and supplementary materials. The recipient of this year's Harvardwood Prize will be announced in late spring/early summer.

Eligibility Guidelines

Applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled full-time in high school as a junior (rising senior)
  • Plan to apply to Harvard College in their senior year
  • Complete the Harvardwood Prize application form

Applicants do NOT need to have any prior affiliation to Harvard University to apply, and there is no application fee. Harvardwood strives to make the application process as inclusive as possible.

Application Materials

  • Short-response essay (max. 300 words)
  • Long essay (max. 750 words)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Sample of art/work
  • Biography

Applications must be submitted online via this link. Application materials will not be accepted by email or regular mail; any documents, files, art samples, recordings, etc. received by regular mail will be discarded and will not be returned to the applicant.

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2020.


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