Sunday, March 25, 2018

Yale Book Awards, 2018

Between now and June, YWAA will present Yale Book Awards to over 50 juniors at Westchester high schools. A Westchester annual tradition, the book awards recognize top students at these schools for "outstanding personal character and intellectual promise." 

Over the past several years, the award has been The Yale Book of Quotations, edited by Yale Law School's Fred Shapiro, a tote bag and book plate with the student's name. YWAA board member Peter Santhanam '85 Ph.D. administers the program.

YWAA board members and other alumni distribute books to the schools. At some schools, Westchester alums will present the awards at an honors assembly and highlight the accomplishments of winners.

Each school selects a Yale Book Award recipient based on criteria provided by YWAA. The program is not associated with Yale admissions, although many recipients in past years choose to apply to Yale and some have attended. For some students, the award introduces them to Yale. YWAA's long-time goal has been to recognize exceptional achievement in Westchester schools.

Participating schools cover the full cross-section of public and private schools in Westchester from Yorktown to Yonkers, from Tarrytown to Port Chester. Lincoln High School in Yonkers, for was a new participant in 2016. 

The program is supported by YWAA and alumni donations.

Click YBA for more about the awards in past years.

1 comment:

  1. I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to the Yale University Westchester Alumni Association! It is such an incredible honor to have been chosen to be this year’s recipient of the Yale University Book Award at Scarsdale High School. Over these past three years, I have been striving to reach my full potential while also giving back to the community. This recognition truly demonstrates that hard work does not go unnoticed, and I am very grateful to be recognized for both my personal and academic achievements. I will continue to work diligently both in and out of the classroom, and I know that the “Yale Book of Quotations” will provide me further inspiration to do so! - Jenny Liu