The Jacob Wendell Scholarship Prize, which was established in 1899 by bequest of Jacob Wendell, is awarded 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. This prize of $21,000 is awarded on the basis of a student’s first-year academic record, a writing sample, and letters of recommendation.
Students who complete their first year at Harvard College toward the top of their class are invited to apply for the Wendell Prize by the Prize Office in early September of their sophomore year.
For the 2020–2021 competition, all parts of the application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on October 22, 2020.
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Students who have been invited to apply to the Wendell Prize should click here for further instructions.