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Apply for 2018 Perkins Prize through Feb. 26

Trustee Emeritus Thomas Jones '69 speaks at the 2016 James A. Perkins Prize for Interracial and Intercultural Peace and Harmony Reception.

Applications are being accepted through Feb. 26 for the annual James A. Perkins Prize for Interracial and Intercultural Peace and Harmony, established and endowed by trustee Thomas W. Jones ’69.

The prize is given annually to the Cornell student, faculty or staff member, or program making the most significant contribution to furthering the ideal of university community while respecting the values of diversity. The $5,000 prize is awarded with the understanding that the money will be used to further projects that promote intercultural understanding and harmony at Cornell.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to apply for the award, and members of the Cornell community are invited to submit nominations as well as encourage potential applicants to apply directly.

Applicants will be considered on the basis of:

  • The number and diverse identities of students whose sustained involvement leads to a set of accomplishments;
  • The extent to which these accomplishments promote common values and shared community standards among diverse students; and
  • The extent to which these accomplishments enhance the ability of students to work with, live with and learn from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, beliefs, identities and cultural perspectives.

The 2018 Perkins Prize will be presented March 19 at 4 p.m. in the Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room. The event is free and open to all members of the Cornell community.

The prize application form and more information is on the Perkins Prize website. Questions can be sent to