Each year the Black Studies Department awards the Edward Jones Prize in honor of the first black alumnus of Amherst College. Competition for the prize is open to any graduating senior (or 20E) who has written an honors thesis that addresses a present or future issue of concern to black people in Africa and the Diaspora.
Submissions for the Jones Prize will be accepted by the Black Studies Department from all other Amherst College academic departments. In order to be considered, one unbound copy of a student's thesis must be received in the Black Studies Department Office, 108 Cooper House, no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019. The prize recipient is determined by members of the Black Studies Department and is awarded at Senior Assembly.