Book Award Program

This spring the association awarded books to over 70 Minnesota high school juniors chosen by their principals and counselors for outstanding character and intellectual promise. The Yale Book Award program serves to bring Yale to the attention of school advisors and to area juniors who are good prospects for admission. While many of Yale’s alumni chapters run a Book Award Program, YAANW is proud to run one of the most ambitious programs designed to reach recipients from all parts of Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.

A mailing was sent to over 200 schools requesting their participation in the program and their nomination of a deserving student. In addition to a book chosen from a select number of Yale authors, students received a personalized bookplate, a brochure on Yale College and a congratulatory letter inviting the student to learn more about Yale and to contact our ASC coordinator with questions. The books, which were paid for by the YAANW treasury, were delivered to the principals and counselors for presentation at awards ceremonies.

The program is very well received by administrators and students alike. In addition to the core schools who have participated in the program for many years, several new schools joined the program this year. We were pleased to hear many counselors express their enthusiasm for the project. Their stories suggest that it is an inspiration for juniors to learn that their hard work can be recognized. Many students view the receipt of the YAANW Book Award as a sign they are on the right path toward additional recognition during their senior year.

In addition to YAANW’s fiscal resources to which you can make a specific donation, volunteers make this program possible! A number of alumni volunteer to make the award presentations at the high school award ceremonies. Many thanks go out to our alumni volunteers for their effort to build relationships with area high schools and prospective students.

If you are interested in learning more about the program or helping with the program next year, please don’t hesitate to contact us.