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Princeton Book Award

PA3's Princeton Book Award program, introduced in 2019, honors high school students in our region. The award will be made available at any eligible school selected by a dues-paying member who will confirm the school’s interest and identify a contact there (limit one school per year for regular dues-payers; two for Top Tigers). You might choose your own alma mater or child's high school, or a needy school in our area where talented students are less likely to receive recognition and support.

Award winners, who must be high school juniors, are selected by their schools. The criteria are 1) overall academic excellence and 2) exemplary community service or civic engagement. PA3 will provide each participating school with a book by a Princeton faculty or alumni author for presentation to the winner toward the end of the school year

For PA3 members interested in sponsoring a school in 2020:If you are a dues-paying member of PA3 and would like to nominate a school to participate in the Princeton Book Award program, or if you have questions, please contact Tom Hastings ’79 at You will be asked to confirm the school's interest in participating, and to provide the name and email address of a contact person there. (Not sure if you've paid your dues yet? Click here to check.)

For high schools interested in participating in 2020: If a Princeton alumnus/a offers to sponsor your school for a book award, you need only confirm your interest by the end of March 2020, and provide the name and email address of the staff member who will serve as the contact. You will receive a book by a Princeton faculty or alumni author, including a bookplate with a citation, during the spring. It is up to your school to select your award winner, a junior who will be recognized for "overall academic excellence and exemplary community service or civic engagement." You are free to present the award during your usual year-end award ceremony, or on any other occasion you choose.

Participating Schools, PA3 Sponsors, and Awardees, 2019
Ewing High School (George Bustin '70) - Nathalia Davila
Notre Dame High School (George Bustin '70) - Zach Klein
Princeton Day School (Rick Ober '65) - Zayia Gandhi
Princeton High School (Arlen Hastings '80) - Jonathan Lin
The Wilberforce School (Tamara Garaffa P20 P23) - Calvin van Lleuwen

Winnners of the 2019 Book Award received copies of Prof. Paul Steinhardt's The Second Kind of Impossible

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