Wendell Prize

Announcement: 2020–2021 Wendell Prize Winner

Congratulations to Fiker Negash of Cabot House, this year’s winner of the Wendell Prize.


Prize Description

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 were due by 11:59 p.m. on October 22, 2020.

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