Smith College Book Awards recognize outstanding young women in your communities. Book awards are not only an excellent way to congratulate students on their academic and personal achievements, but they also increase Smith’s name recognition in high schools and encourage young women to consider Smith as their college choice.

Smith clubs sponsor the awards and select the high schools. Recipients are chosen by school personnel. The books are awarded to high school sophomores or juniors, usually at a school’s award assembly in the spring. Recipients receive a book selected by the organization. Smith clubs need only raise money for the purchase of the books presented at the award ceremony.

Each spring the admissions office sends a packet of information about book awards to Alumnae Admissions Coordinators (AACs). The packet includes:

  • guidelines for contacting schools
  • a sample letter to send to schools
  • a list of books written by Smith College alumnae and faculty
  • a book awards recipients sheet

Please consult the admission office when establishing new book awards to avoid duplicating an award already given by another group. If your club is interested in sponsoring a book award, please contact your NAAC, AAC or the Office of Admission. Affinity groups interested in this program should work with a local Smith club to coordinate efforts.