Edward Jones Prize
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 Amherst College senior (or E) 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. The deadline for submissions will be posted in the College's Notes. The prize recipient is determined by members of the Department and is awarded at Senior Assembly.
Charles Hamilton Houston Prize
The Charles Hamilton Houston Prize is an annual monetary gift awarded to an Amherst graduating senior (or E) who best personifies a commitment to realizing his or her humane ideals, much in the way that Charles Houston '15 devoted his life to the struggle for equal protection under the law for African Americans in the United States.
Candidates are required to write an essay of no more than ten pages in length on the question: "In What Area of Social Involvement Do You Feel That You Can Best Effect Your Humanitarian Ideals?" In addition, each candidate is required to submit a list of activities and/or work experience that illustrates his/her commitment to this ideal.
The deadline for submissions will be posted in the College's Notes. The prize recipient is determined by a committee consisting of the President, a member of the Black Studies Department, and one other faculty member. The Houston Prize is awarded at Senior Assembly.