Harvardwood Prize encourages juniors to apply


Melisa Lovos Palacios

Features Editor

The Harvardwood Price is an annual prize that is awarded to high school juniors to encourage them to apply to colleges and universities, mainly those who plan for admission to Harvard College in the fall for their senior year of high school. The purpose of this price is also to help those who have demonstrated excellence and dedication throughout their high school years, in the arts, including media, entertainment, etc, With the purpose of bringing change to societies, the Harvardwood Price was created to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments, in “celebrating lives in the arts, media, and entertainment, for the Harvard community and beyond.”

In order to be eligible to apply, students must follow the guidelines as follows; Students must be currently enrolled full-time in high school as a junior, soon to be senior. Students must plan to apply to Harvard College in their senior year and to complete the Harvardwood application form. 

However, there is no need to select Harvard University in order to apply for the prize, and there is also no application fee to worry about because the prize works to include as many people as possible. 

How to apply: 

In order to apply, just click on the link and read the requirements and instructions beforehand. 

Each student must fill out the application with their personal information, including basic factors such as name and age, as well as academic information, completed coursework, extracurricular activities, and standardized test scores. They must make a short response essay answering the following;

  • What is your favorite volunteer activity or way of giving back to the community, and why?

Additionally, each student must create an essay response, choosing one of three questions;

  • What contemporary social issue concerns you the most, and how do you plan to utilize your creativity in the area of arts, media, and/or entertainment to address this issue?
  • What do you see as the role of an artist in society, and how does your own work reflect this?
  • What does social change look like to you, and how does your art (whatever medium it takes) inform and contribute to the realization of that vision?

The application also requires a recommendation letter and a signature verifying the information the students submitted above. 

The deadline for the application is April 1, with the only option of submitting online through the link provided. Applications submitted via email or mail will not be accepted. Winners will be announced by late spring or early summer.

Don’t wait till the last minute, start your application now.

Link for Harvardwood Price application and further information: https://www.harvardwood.org/harvardwood_prize_application?utm_campaign=high_school_harvardw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=harvardwood

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