Wendell Prize

Announcement: 2019–2020 Wendell Prize Winner

Congratulations to Jenny Yao of Winthrop House, this years winner of the Jacob Wendell Scholarship Prize.


The Jacob Wendell Scholarship Prize, which was established in 1899 by bequest of Jacob Wendell, is awarded annually to a Harvard College sophomore identified by the selection committee as the most promising and broad-ranging scholar in his or her class, without reference to financial need. The prize is awarded on the basis of the first-year academic record, a piece of written work, and letters of recommendation.

Students who complete their first undergraduate year at Harvard College in the top of their class are invited by the Prize Office to apply for the Wendell Prize by early September of their second undergraduate year.

For the 2019–2020 competition, all parts of the application were due by 5:00 p.m. on October 24, 2019.

Students who have been invited to apply to the Wendell Prize should click here for further instructions.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Wendell Prize, click the link.