Harvard Prize Book Program


Award Harvard Prize Books to outstanding high school students. In recognizing their scholastic and personal achievements, you inspire their future academic studies and introduce them to the opportunities available at Harvard.

Donated by Harvard Clubs and Shared Interest Groups (SIGs), Prize Books are presented annually in more than 1,000 high schools around the world. Prize Books may be awarded to students in a high school of the Club or SIG’s choosing. Recipients are exemplary students in the next-to-graduating high school class who display excellence in scholarship and achievement in nonacademic fields. Outstanding high school teachers who inspire curiosity and excellence in their students can also receive the award.

The Prize Book is often presented at the chosen school’s award or graduation ceremony, sometimes with appropriate remarks by a local alum.

All orders for the 2023-2024 school year should be placed by 4/30/2024. 

How To Participate

1. Establish a Prize Book award: A Harvard Club/SIG or affiliate of Harvard need only contribute the cost of one book.

2. Select a school: Prize Books may be awarded to students in the next-to-graduating class in a high school of the Club or SIG’s choosing. Contact the local high school principal and/or guidance counselor to introduce the program and to arrange for a student to be selected by the high school to receive the award.

3. Choose a book: A list of book titles is available through the Harvard Coop, although Clubs and SIGs may choose other books not on this list. All books presented by an officially recognized Club or SIG come with an official Harvard bookplate to record the names of the donor and award recipient.

4. Order the book: Click on images of the book to learn more about each title. At checkout, select free ground shipping and enter discount code: HVDBP2024 to be eligible for free shipping.


Cover of Around the World in 80 Books by David Damrosch - text on a white background with a photograph of a personal desk and library space behind it

Around the World in 80 Books

Price: $25.00


Maroon cover of The Harvard Book 350th Anniversary Edition with gold text and the Harvard Veritas shield

The Harvard Book

Price: $25.00


Cover of book Harvard A to Z by John T. Bethell, Richard M. Hunt, and Robert Shenton with photo of Cambridge campus in fall

Harvard A-Z

Price: $24.00



Cover of Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds by Richard J Light - above is an image of five college students walking, chatting, and laughing with books in their hands.

Making the Most of College:

Students Speak Their Minds

Price: $20.00


Shipping & Ordering:

  • Harvard Book Prize books are eligible for free shipping in the continental U.S.

    • If other items are included in your COOP order of Harvard Prize Book(s), applicable shipping fees will be applied.  

    • If shipping to multiple addresses in the continental U.S., a fee of $4.95 per address will be applied. 

  • International shipments are based on current U.S. Postal rates and air charges.

Orders will begin shipping 3-4 weeks after purchase. If you have any other questions regarding ordering or shipping, contact Corissa Williams at cwilliams@thecoop.com

Award Guidelines

  • Prize Books are awarded without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or political beliefs.

  • It is at the discretion of the secondary school to determine the recipient of a Prize Book. Selection cannot be done through an application process.

  • The Harvard Prize Book Program is not offered in New York City.