Service Awards and Prizes

From our informal motto to student service groups that can trace their history back over 150 years, service has long been and continues to be highly valued at Princeton University. Service at its most capacious is a response to the needs named by harms such as injustice, inequality, and unsustainability. Put most ambitiously, service and civic engagement are activities that aim to heal the world. Each year the following Awards and Prizes are given to seniors. 

A. James Fisher, Jr. Memorial Award

Given in honor of A. James Fisher, Jr. '36, the A. James Fisher, Jr. Memorial Award is given to a Princeton senior who best exemplifies the qualities for which Mr. Fisher is remembered. The Fisher Prize awardee should clearly demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit, zest for life, love of people, and loyalty to Princeton through their work in the realm of civic engagement. Awarded by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement

Allen Macy Dulles '51 Award

The Allen Macy Dulles ’51 Award recognizes a senior whose activities at Princeton best exemplify the University’s informal motto, “Princeton in the nation’s service and the service of humanity.” Awarded by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students.

Art Lane '34 Award

The Arthur Lane ’34 Award honors selfless contribution to sport and society by an undergraduate athlete. Awarded by the Princeton Varsity Club

Community Engagement Awards

The annual Community Engagement Awards are given to Princeton University faculty, administrators and community partners who in the past year have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to service and social justice that transcends the classroom. We especially recognize individuals who have inspired others on campus to join their efforts and who through their service to humanity have responded to needs in the world. Awarded by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement


Frederick Douglass Service Award

The Frederick Douglass Service Award, established in 1969 at the recommendation of Carl Fields, who was assistant dean of the college, is given to a senior who has exhibited “courage, leadership, intellectual achievement and a willingness to contribute unselfishly toward a deeper understanding of the experiences of racial minorities and who, in so doing, reflects the tradition of service embodied in education at Princeton.” Awarded by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students.

Priscilla Glickman ’92 Memorial Prize

The Priscilla Glickman '92 Memorial Prize is awarded to a Princeton senior who has demonstrated independence and imagination in the area of community service, seeks knowledge and purposeful adventure in unfamiliar cultures, and maintains strong academic work. The prize commends the qualities of curiosity in the world and commitment to the betterment of the world by recognizing outstanding past contributions to community service. The prize is awarded to encourage the student recipient to explore new challenges in the future. The prize winner is announced annually at Class Day. Awarded by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement.