Book Awards

Since 1982, the Book Award Program has honored high achieving young women - students who have been top scholars in high school as well as talented performers in extracurricular areas.

A Message from the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

The Book Award Program recognizes young women who have excelled and gives them the opportunity to become better acquainted with Wellesley. Young women should be chosen for their intelligence, determination, motivation, and achievement. They should be visible members of their schools and communities. Most importantly, however, they should be the academic leaders in their secondary schools. Wellesley's history is rich with women who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom and in personal achievements. We hope to continue that legacy with the Book Award.

We also realize that some areas of the country are not as familiar with Wellesley as we would wish. The Book Award Program allows teachers, parents, and students to get to know Wellesley better. If those students decide to apply to Wellesley, we will be delighted, but our aim is to distinguish these young women who have been so outstanding in their academic and personal lives.

The Award

The Alumnae Association is pleased to offer The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience co-authored by Wellesley alum Hillary Rodham Clinton ’69 and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton. The book contains portraits of groundbreaking women throughout history and embodies the spirit of Wellesley’s mission: to educate women who will make a difference in the world. To order books, please use the online order form or contact the award coordinator at The Alumnae Association offers and partially underwrites the Wellesley Book Award Program to clubs and individual donors as an annual project.

Information for High Schools

If you are a high school interested in learning about the Wellesley College Book Award Program, please contact the award coordinator at Please include the name of your school and your location in your message so we can match you appropriately with a local Wellesley club or alumna volunteer. 

Information for Alumnae Volunteers