The application for the 2017 Hamilton Award is now closed.
YR 1 | High School Senior | College Readiness | New York Leader Week
YR 2 | College Freshman | College Transition | Seattle Leader Week
YR 3 | College Sophomore | Leadership & Service | International Leader Week
YR 4 | College Junior | Career Readiness | Texas Leader Weekend*
YR 5 | College Senior | Career Transition
*Scholars have the opportunity to attend Texas Leader Weekend during Years 4 OR 5
The Hamilton Award recognizes young people for their academic, personal, service and entrepreneurial accomplishments, and 35-40 students are selected annually to participate in the Alexander Hamilton Scholars (AHS) leadership program. Our winners are high-achieving, service-focused high school juniors with grit, perseverance, and demonstrated need. All applicants should be college-bound, and committed to participating in our rigorous leadership program, designed to provide a comprehensive network of support and practical guidance to Alexander Hamilton Scholars as they transition from high school to college and beyond. AHS is named for Alexander Hamilton, the only founding father born into poverty. As a result of mentorship, guidance, and a scholarship to attend college, Hamilton was able to leave a lasting legacy that forever changed the United States. With AHS’ support, our Scholars strive to do the same.
Provided at no cost to the student the program consists of individual support through phone calls and emails with AHS staff members and an assigned peer Scholar mentor. Group support and learning is offered through conference calls, and each year of the program also includes a leadership conference hosted in various cities, including an international service project during Year 3. All curriculum is designed around our 5 Curriculum Pillars:
- TRANSITION: Focus on key periods that research has identified as being particularly challenging for underserved youth: high school to college; college to career
- HERITAGE: Instill the idea that understanding the history of the United States is vital to claiming personal, political, and social power
- EMPOWERMENT: Convey the knowledge and confidence to excel and thrive as they pursue their ambitious goals
- FINANCIAL LITERACY: Provide understanding of the financial aid process, budgeting tools and awareness, debt-management skills, and informed investing
- LEADERSHIP: Impart Alexander Hamilton's legacy of principled character and commitment to public service in the face of adversity as the basis of true leadership
Winners will also receive: a $500 cash scholarship to pay for college application and testing fees, an autographed copy of Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton, an autographed copy of William Chrystal's Hamilton by the Slice, and a proclamation signed by Arthur Hollingsworth, the fifth great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton. Bio-sketches of winners appear on the Hamilton Scholars’ website, and news releases are sent to city, state, and federal elected officials, as well as local media outlets. In addition, all winners will have access to AHS internship programs and will join a distinguished cohort of peers from across the US. This unique Scholar community extends back through 10 years of cohorts, and supports one another as they take steps together towards achieving a college education and a meaningful career, eventually becoming leaders who change their own communities, our nation, and our world through their service, innovation, and excellence.