The Wellesley College Book Award Program recognizes young women who have excelled in and out of the classroom and invites them to become better acquainted with Wellesley. The Wellesley College Book Award honors young women, typically high school juniors, who are top scholars in their community as well as talented performers in extracurricular areas and visible leaders in their school. The program has been active for more than 25 years, and our alumnae currently award over 1,000 books each spring. Both clubs and individual alumnae sponsor the Book Award prize, and participating high schools are responsible for selecting their recipient.
The Wellesley College Book Award Program is sponsored and administrated by the Alumnae Association, although the results of the award are submitted to the Admission Office. The Alumnae Association offers and partially underwrites the Wellesley College Book Award Program with support from clubs and individual donors as an annual project. Alumnae are sometimes involved in the selection of high schools, and are often invited to present the book to the winning student at high school awards ceremonies.
For more information and guidelines about the program, the award, and resources for Book Award chairs and volunteers, please see the Wellesley College Alumnae Association's Book Awards Program.
Administering the Book Award Program - FAQ
Why does Wellesley present a Book Award?
The Wellesley College Book Award Program raises Wellesley's visibility while also strengthening ties to schools with whom we have a long-standing relationship.
How does one identify a school?
There are two ways of identifying schools for the Book Award Program. If there is a club structure, the club might already have an established list of schools. If there is not a list, the admission counselor responsible for a particular region can help identify schools in that area. Regional admission counselors are listed in the menu on the left.
How should AARs communicate with Wellesley about the Book Award?
AARs may contact the Alumnae Office to discuss the program, costs, the history of the program in their area, or to obtain any further information. Contact information is available on the Alumnae Office's website.
How is the Book Award presented?
The alumna in charge of the Book Award Program for her alumnae club usually presents the award at an official high school ceremony.
Tips for AARs
Congratulate Book Award recipients.
The Wellesley College Book Award Program is an opportunity to cultivate potential Wellesley students! Writing a note of congratulations or calling a Book Award winner is one way AARs can build personal relationships with prospective candidates for admission.
Let the Admission Office know.
Once a Book Award has been presented, AARs should complete and submit the electronic Book Award Recipient Form. This form triggers a special mailing and congratulatory letter from the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, providing an excellent opportunity for the College to initiate communication with these students. This also ensures that winners are notified of any other opportunities to connect with Wellesley, such as a visit to her school by one of our admission counselors or an invitation to your prospective student gathering.